Originally celebrated as "Armistice Day" to mark the end of World War I in 1918, November 11th has officially been known as Veterans Day since 1954. The day is set aside to recognize all veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
The National EMS Management Association extends our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has served our country in uniform. We thank you and pause this day to honor your service. And to those veterans who continue to live out the value of service to others by working in the ranks of public safety, we thank you as well.
On this Veterans Day it's important that we not only pay homage to our fellow citizens, but also acknowledge their mental health and well-being. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, twenty-two U.S. veterans die by suicide each day, on average. If you and/or someone you know is struggling with PTSD or other mental health challenges, please know there is help. Veterans can contact the Vet Center Program at 877-WAR-VETS for support. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available to all 24-hours every day by calling 1-800-273-8255.
To all who served and to all who continue to serve - thank you!
NEMSMA is a professional association of EMS leaders dedicated to the discovery, development, and promotion of excellence in leadership and management in EMS systems, regardless of EMS system model, organizational structure or agency affiliation.
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