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'Anyone can make a difference': Help a veteran in need as annual parade set to take place Saturday in Marysville

Appeal-Democrat - 11/10/2023

Nov. 10—As the nation and community celebrates Veterans Day Saturday, the American Legion Auxiliary wanted to remind the public how it can help veterans who are in need.

Veterans Day was originally founded to commemorate the end of World War I on the 11th day, at the 11th hour, in the 11th month. Since that day, it has evolved to recognize and honor all veterans, both those who have served or are currently serving to protect American freedoms.

Members of the American Legion family organizations, including The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of The American Legion, will be hosting special events throughout the country to show their support at local post homes and in their communities.

However, membership within the Legion family is not required to make a difference in the life of a veteran.

"We want as many veterans as possible to take part in these events and to take advantage of the special offers at restaurants and stores, but we know not all veterans will be able," said representatives of the American Legion Auxiliary. "Consider those veterans who can't easily leave their home, who feel isolated, or just don't feel comfortable going out alone. Anyone can make a difference. It can be as simple as a phone call or text, taking a veteran a meal, or a lunch invitation."

In honor of Veteran's Day this year, the American Legion Auxiliary is inviting the public to join them in spreading the word about this nationally recognized holiday. The group will also be using this as an opportunity to help raise awareness on veteran suicide and prevention.

Efforts are currently being made through the American Legion family's "Be the One" mission. The mission is a program centered on de-stigmatizing mental health issues while working to provide peer-to-peer support and resources.

Pentagon data has shown a rise in military suicides in the past decade. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 2022 National Veteran Suicide Annual Report, suicide is the second leading cause of death for veterans aged 18 to 44.

The American Legion Auxiliary lists the following ways to help veterans in need: — Ask veterans how they are doing. — Listen when a veteran needs to talk. — Reach out when you think a veteran might be struggling.

Those in need of help are encouraged to call the Veterans Crisis Line at 988, then press 1. Individuals also can text 838255 or visit the VA crisis line website at veteranscrisisline.net.

Yuba-Sutter Veterans Day Parade in Marysville

Some Yuba-Sutter Transit routes in Marysville will be temporarily unavailable today because of the Yuba-Sutter Veterans Day Parade in downtown Marysville.

According to organizers, the Yuba-Sutter Veterans Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. at D and 7th streets.

Because of today's parade, local route buses will not serve stops at D and 2nd Street and F and 2nd Street in Marysville due to street closures in the area for the annual parade. Officials said service to these stops will resume once event staff remove the closures.

For the latest route information and updates, call Yuba-Sutter Transit at 530-742-2877.

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