May 1, 2019

The Battle Within
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Recognizing and Supporting Military Members and Veterans on Campus
In 1999, Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). Both the Senate and House of Representatives adopted resolutions calling for Americans to recognize and honor U.S. Service Members during NMAM. These resolutions also urge the president to issue a proclamation calling on the people of the U.S. to observe NMAM. One of six national observances during NMAM is Armed Forces Day, this year on May 18 , a day dedicated to paying tribute to people currently serving in the armed forces. Most colleges and universities have active service military or veterans on their campus as faculty, staff, or students. It is important during this busy academic time of year to take time to pause and appreciate service members and evaluate the support and resources being provided to this population. There are resources available to assist in these efforts, some of which are discussed in our Weekly Snapshot article, " Supporting Student Veterans on Campus ."
The 2016 VA National Suicide Data Report indicates that an average of 20 veterans die by suicide each day, a number unchanged from previous reporting periods. The rate of death by suicide for veterans ages 18-34 steadily increased over the reporting period. Former Acting VA Secretary Peter O'Rourke indicates "suicide is a serious public health concern in the veteran population and across all communities nationwide. These data offer important insights to help VA to build effective networks of support, communication and care that reach veterans where they live and thrive." The following resources and organizations offer empowerment, support, and approaches to healing:
  • The Battle Within is a community of veterans, first responders, community leaders, and supporters who believe that every warrior deserves the same opportunity to heal from the traumas they have endured in their service to others. They offer a no-cost five-day Revenant Journey providing a holistic approach to healing from traumatic physical, emotional, and spiritual injuries. Focusing on the 'whole warrior' the program explores the mind, body, and soul of the warriors, providing tools to overcome burdens and achieve long-term healing success.
  • The Mission Continues empowers veterans to continue their service, and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills, and preparedness to generate visible impact. The organization provides opportunities to volunteer for service missions, work with other veterans and non-veteran volunteers to solve specific challenges in communities through service platoons, and participate in the Service Leadership Corps. See the website for upcoming events. 
Veterans who are in crisis or having thoughts of suicide, and those who know a veteran in crisis, should call the Veterans Crisis Line for confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year at 800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online at, or send a text message to 838255. 

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Still Time to Register for Campus Threat Assessment: An In-Depth Expert Q&A Webinar
On Thursday, May 16 at 2PM ET, Campus Public Safety Online welcomes back  Marisa Randazzo   (PDF), Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of  SIGMA Threat Management Associates, LLC   and international expert on threat assessment, targeted violence, and violence prevention; and   Jeffrey J. Nolan, J.D. , attorney with  Dinse P.C.   and nationally known for his practice in threat assessment, Title IX, the Clery Act, and FERPA, to present Campus Threat Assessment: An In-Depth Expert Q&A .
This special 90-minute Q&A session is an opportunity for registered participants to ask questions during the webinar and also hear answers to pre-submitted questions by peers on campus threat assessment issues.
This webinar is appropriate for professionals in campus public safety and law enforcement, student affairs, counseling / EAP, human resources, emergency management, risk management, general counsel, and any other employees involved with their campus threat assessment team.
For more information and to register, please visit our website .

Fraternal Order of Police
National Police Week 2019
This year marks the 57th annual observance of National Police Week , which begins on Sunday, May 12 and runs through Saturday, May 18. National Police Week (NPW) pays special recognition to law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. It is a collaborative effort by many organizations working together to honor those in the U.S. law enforcement community. The three primary organizers are the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), which coordinates the Annual Candlelight Vigil; the Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary , which organizes the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol; and Concerns of Police Survivors, which holds the National Police Survivors' Conference . A schedule of this year's events is available online.
This year, those unable to attend the Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13th at 8 PM ET will be able to attend virtually by live webcast . During the Candlelight Vigil, fallen officers whose names were engraved on the Memorial's walls this spring are formally dedicated. Held on the National Mall, in addition to the lighting of candles and reading of names, the Candlelight Vigil includes remarks by dignitaries and musical tributes performed to honor the memory of these fallen officers.
The names of 371 officers killed in the line of duty have been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC this year. These 371 officers include 158 officers who were killed during 2018, plus 213 officers who died in previous years and were recently identified for their service. Preliminary data for 2019 (January 1- April 24, 2019) shows an overall decrease in officer fatalities of 31% compared to the same time period in 2018. For more facts and figures on law enforcement fatalities, visit the NLEOMF website .
Many organizations provide resources to survivors, families, and friends of law enforcement officers. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has a dedicated section of their website for family resources that includes information on sleep deprivation, injury reduction, support groups, and suicide prevention. Additional groups providing support include the National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services .
For additional information or questions about National Police Week, including specific event details, communications, logistics, or media coordination, please contact the appropriate member of the National Memorial Committee .

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Law Enforcement Response: Approaching Your Work with a Trauma-Informed Lens
Organization: Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center
Date: May 29, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Rocky Mountain Campus Safety Summit
Organization: Jana's Campaign
Dates: June 19-20, 2019
Location: Denver, CO
Fee: Registration fee
Title: The Benefits of Developing a Peer Support Program
Organization: Justice Clearinghouse
Date: June 27, 2019 at 3:00 PM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free

For additional trainings and events, access our searchable online calendar

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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