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22 Pushups: Day 10

Saturday, July 02, 2016

On Day 10 of my 22 days, 22 pushups a day challenge to raise awareness for Veterans’ Suicide, I was joined at the City of Oakley Veterans Memorial Park by Vanessa Perry, Oakley City Councilmember, Board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Chair of the Oakley “Out of the Darkness” walk. Through her efforts and those of her colleagues on the “Out of the Darkness” Planning Committee, their inaugural walk last year raised over $40K to fund research to improve our understanding of suicide and to find ways to prevent it. Tragically, in the U.S., a person dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes, claiming more than 39,500 lives each year. On average, 22 veterans commit suicide each day. One life lost to suicide is one too many. We need to work together to support the efforts of organizations like the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to create a culture that’s smart about mental health and that provides support for those affected by suicide.

22 Pushups: Day 9

Friday, July 01, 2016

 

Gerald "J.R." Wilson, Commander of the Department of California Disabled American Veterans, as well as Antioch Mayor Wade Harper and Pittsburg Mayor Ben Johnson joined me today on Day 9 of my 22 day, 22 daily pushup challenge to raise awareness about Veterans' suicides. Today, we did our pushups at the Antioch Veterans Memorial Building where Loaves and Fishes volunteers were preparing to serve lunch to Antioch’s most needy, including a number of homeless veterans. On average about 8,000 veterans commit suicide each year. If you are a Veteran and you need help, please call 1-800-273-8255, and press 1. Help is available, you are not alone

22 Pushups: Day 8

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Today, we went under the Capitol dome for Day 8 of my 22 day, 22 daily pushup challenge to raise awareness about veterans' suicides. And I had the special honor of being joined by Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon and Michelle Lazark, a U.S. Army veteran and Sacramento police officer. We did our pushups in the beautiful office of the president pro tem, who has been very supportive of veterans’ issue. An average of 22 U.S. veterans commit suicide every day – 8,000 a year – which means we must commit ourselves to providing adequate and necessary services and care to these cherished members of our community.

22 Pushups: Day 7

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Vito Imbasciani, California Secretary for Veterans Affairs, and two veterans joined me today on Day 7 of my 22 day, 22 daily pushup challenge to raise awareness about veterans' suicides. Mr. Imbasciani served as the counter for the pushups I did with Gary Leach, Commander of the Department of California American Legion and Russell Atterberry, the deputy secretary for Veterans Affairs who recently finished a 22-year stint in the U.S. Navy. Today, we did our pushups at the All Veterans Memorial at the Capitol. An average of 22 U.S. veterans commit suicide every day – 8,000 a year – which means we must commit ourselves to providing adequate and necessary services and care to these cherished members of our community.

22 Pushups: Day 6

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Today,  Day 6 of my 22 day, 22 daily pushup challenge to raise awareness about veterans' suicides, I met up with some labor friends: Robbie Hunter, president of the Building & Construction Trades Council, Cesar Diaz, legislative director of the Council, and Nick Weathers, a U.S. Army veteran who is a Helmet to Hard Hat representative who links up veterans with jobs in construction. Today, we did our pushups in the building trades’ office near the Capitol. An average of 22 U.S. veterans commit suicide every day – 8,000 a year – which means we must commit ourselves to providing adequate and necessary services and care to these cherished members of our community.

22 Pushups: Day 5

Monday, June 27, 2016

On Day 5 of my 22 day, 22 daily pushup challenge to raise awareness about veterans' suicide, I was joined by friends from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) in Sacramento. We did our pushups at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial in Capitol Park, a sobering memorial that has the names of all 5,657 Californians who died in the Vietnam War. On average about 8,000 veterans commit suicide each year. If you are a veteran, and you need help, please call 1-800-273-8255, and press 1. Help is available, you are not alone.

22 Pushups: Day 4

Sunday, June 26, 2016

On Day 4 of my 22 day, 22 daily pushup challenge to raise awareness about veterans' suicide, I was joined by fantastic friends, Jim, Paul, Mark (Viet Nam airborne vet), and my wife, Melba. We gathered at the Lafayette Veteran's Memorial, where veterans of all wars, including my father, Morton Sawyer Glazer, who served in the Army in WWII, are honored by their families with a commemorative brick. On average about 8,000 veterans commit suicide each. If you are a veteran, and you need help, please call 1-800-273-8255, and press 1. Help is available, you are not alone.
 

22 Pushups: Day 3

Saturday, June 25, 2016

On Day 3 of my challenge to raise Veterans' Suicide awareness by doing 22 pushups a day for 22 days, I was joined by Lamorinda friends, Tony and Fred (a veteran of the Korean conflict), at the Moraga Veterans Memorial in the beautiful Moraga Commons Park. On average 22 veterans commit suicide every day, so we must commit ourselves to doing all that we can to ensure that vital services are available to veterans.

22 Pushups: Day 2

Friday, June 24, 2016

I am joined today at the Walnut Creek Veterans Memorial by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley on Day 2 of my challenge to raise Veterans’ Suicide Awareness by doing 22 pushups a day for 22 days. On average 22 veterans commit suicide every day, so we must commit ourselves to doing all that we can to ensure vital services are available to veterans.

22 Pushups: Day 1

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Today, nine fellow senators joined me after session on the floor of the Senate chambers to do 22 pushups in the kickoff to my campaign to raise awareness about suicides among veterans. An average of 22 veterans commit suicide a day, so we must commit ourselves to doing all that we can to ensure vital services are available to veterans. Participating today were Senators Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, Richard Roth, D-Riverside, Hannah Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, Ted Gaines, R-El Dorado Hills, Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, and Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica. And thanks to Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, for the pushup count.

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