6TH ANNUAL VETERANS AWARDS (VETTYS)
CHAPTER I: UNEXPECTED VOICES: MENTAL HEALTH
NEW DATE: JULY 3, 2021 | WASHINGTON, D.C.
The Veterans Awards, also known as the Vettys, is an annual award ceremony presented by the Academy of United States Veterans. The awards honor members of the veteran community in the United States in various categories. The 6th Annual Veterans Awards will shine a light on the mental health epidemic that surrounds many of our military and civilian families.
Andrew W Mellon Auditorium
5:45 PM Private Dinner for Diamond VIP and Black Diamond VIP Ticket holders only.
7:00 PM Red Carpet and doors will open to all guests.
8:00 PM Presentation of the 6th Annual Veterans Awards
9:30 PM Masquerade Ball/After Party and an unforgettable night of glamour and dancing.
CHANGING THE WAY THE WORLD VIEWS MENTAL HEALTH
For the theme of the 6th VETTYS we have selected mental health to draw attention to the persistent failure of mental health care for our nation’s veteran community. The continual failure of this care and lack of meaningful action to address it is most clearly evident in increases in veteran suicide over the last decade. From 2009 to 2019 more veterans lost their lives to suicide than the total of American combat deaths during the Vietnam War. This statistic bears out, with veterans now one and half times as likely to commit suicide compared to the civilian population, despite the rise in suicide in the general population.
Terri Tanielian from RAND made it abundantly clear in her congressional testimony: “This is a national security problem. We can and must do more to address this problem.”
Therefore that is what we are doing and will continue to do.
Motivated by the numerous accounts of our members in the community about their struggles with mental health and accessing care we are taking action, launching Unexpected Voices at the VETTYS.
The platform of the VETTYS, enables us to bring a louder voice to our veteran community and call out the many flaws in the mental health care system and break down the stigma around mental health. With a louder voice, we will bring about actionable change in how the VA and the larger community treat and care for veterans with mental health issues.
Our veterans have served our nation defending our freedoms, and they deserve to live fulfilling dignified lives in the country they served, it is the nation’s and our collective responsibility to ensure this.
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Presented by Coalition to Salute America's Heroes
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Presented by Chenega Mios
Presented by Guardian Wings Foundation
Presented by Check-6 Foundation
Presented by Bakery Express Mid-Atlantic
Waltz into the magical world of VETTYS, as Veterans honor public service in the Mental Health space. Experience the military community upclose and personal, its culture and its traditions, with all the magic of a Mask Ball.
The 6th Annual Veterans Awards is dedicated to the launch of Unexpected Voices, our mental health and suicide prevention campaign.
“We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality,
we create it to be able to stay.”-― Lynda Barry
6th Annual Veterans Awards
official after party will be a
Candles in all shapes and sizes and elegant candelabras in golds and greens.
Music and visuals heighten your senses as the night shields the Vettys Court and the chambers surrounding it.
Of course, the main point of a Masquerade is to dress your best to astonish friends and strangers alike. Be imaginative, revel in the ambiance as the world falls down. . .
MVS WON SUFFRAGETTE
Melwood Veteran Services took home a Vetty in the Suffragette category at the 5th Annual Veterans Awards on January 18, 2020.
CASEY AFFLECK AND OUR GANGE
Casey Affleck, Hollywood Heard, Nick Palmisciano, Suzy Palmisciano and Check Foundation, CEO, COL Rob Balzano and his board members at the 5th Annual Veterans Awards.
January 20, 2019
Casey Affleck Presents Mental Health Vetty®
“We are delighted to have multiple talents from the entertainment industry joining us in honoring our veterans on this remarkable Vettys® nigh. Casey’s attendance is truly one for the books, and we couldn’t be more grateful”
November 11, 2015
Actress Kate Walsh Presents 1st Vettys®
“There are so many hard working men and women who do everything they can and risk their lives. Some of them lose their lives. I do anything I can to bring attention to the needs of our men and women when they come home and assimilate back into society”
January 21, 2019
Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Returns to the Vettys®
“The Vetty Awards honor individuals and organizations who have demonstrated relentless dedication and selfless service to the veteran community and their families, a cause that is near and dear to my heart ”
As veterans, we–Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coastguardsmen–have been and continue to be members of one of the most diverse institutions in our country, the US military. We represent people from every corner of our land, every shade of humanity, immigrant and native-born, Christian, Muslim, Jew, and nonbeliever alike, all serving this country we love with a sense of duty and pride.
In only four years, the Academy of United States Veterans has made great strides in creating platforms for dynamic conversations across divergent views in a way that has both expanded minds and exemplified the notion that people can hold different perspectives yet continue to support a common good with intellect, passion, and humanity. It is the culture of respect for civil liberties within the veterans community that has been instrumental to the success of bringing together countless Americans from all walks of life. It is through our unique expression of our values that we are able to offer unmatched insight into the fundamental ideals shared by our communities across America.
The task at hand may seem out of reach, but it would be unbecoming of our character as public servants to not try. We can practice kindness. We can respect one another. We can take pride in our America that places diversity and inclusion at the core of its values. As we launch our United Colors of America campaign for 2019, we invite you all to join forces with us in honoring the diversity of our heritage as Americans at the 5th Annual Veterans Awards.
Let us put on the camouflage of everyday life in America to prove that we have more that unites us than divides us. Let us carry the message of unity from our military to our American community.
“This is my first time hosting this event and it’s a great honor. Veterans are a group that I try to pay attention to on my show; they’re a group I try to pay attention to in my life” -Jake Tapper
5TH VETTYS HONORED GUESTS AND PRESENTERS