SUICIDE PREVENTION CATEGORY
The voting ballot for the 2020 Veterans Suicide Prevention Award is now open. Voting for this category requires an AUSV membership. Voting will close on July 31, 2019 at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced on January 18, 2020 at the 5th Annual Veterans Awards.
Suicide is a national public health issue that impacts people from all walks of life, regardless of whether or not they have served in the military. According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide was the 10th leading cause of death across all ages in 2016, claiming the lives of nearly 45,000 people. It is estimated that Veteran suicides represent approximately 22 percent of all suicide deaths in the U.S.
This award shall be given to an entity that has provided a framework for identifying priorities, organizing efforts, and contributing to a national focus on veterans suicide prevention as well as suicide prevention in our communities and nation across the board. Nomination submissions for the Suicide Prevention category are open to the public. After nominations are closed and AUSV members vote, the nominations are then narrowed down to the top three candidates. The members of the community will vote and will then choose a winner. The winner of Suicide Prevention category will be announced the night of the Vettys®.