Blue Star Mother Honored For Veteran Suicide Prevention

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and his colleagues on the town board recently honored Andrea Nordquist, president of the Blue Star Mothers Chapter NY14, for her advocacy for and dedication to our great nation’s veterans, active military members and their families.

Nordquist recently partnered with the town board of Oyster Bay, AMVETS Post 88 in Massapequa and Veterans Suicide Awareness & Remembrance FlagCorp to unveil a very powerful “22 A Day” memorial sign remembering American veterans who we lost to suicide. This memorial sign recognizes an estimated 22 veterans a day lost to suicide and the toll it takes upon family members and loved ones.

“Thanks to incredible leaders like Andrea, this sign is visible to all and reflects the lives and struggles of veterans who have tragically taken their own lives,” said Supervisor Joseph Saladino. “It is also a reminder that much needs to be done to address the critically important issue, and it also honors the legacy of these veterans who stood up in defense of American freedom.”

Veterans facing mental health issues should call the Veteran’s Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 ext. 1; if you have hearing loss, call TTY: 800-799-4889. This hotline offers free and confidential support to all veterans, all service members, National Guard and Reserves and their family members and friends 24/7, 365 days a year.

Christy Hinko
Christy Hinko is a managing editor at Anton Media Group. She is a New York Press Association (NYPA) and Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) award-winning writer and photographer.

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