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22 Pushups: Day 12

Monday, July 04, 2016

On Day 12 of our 22 days, 22 pushups a day challenge, I was at the World Famous Danville 4thof July Parade, where I was joined by Chief Paige Meyer and the brave men and women of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. Fire fighters, friends and future firefighters did 22 push-ups to raise awareness of the 22 veterans who commit suicide each day.This weekend as we gather together with our families to celebrate the 240th anniversary of our country’s independence, I invite you to recall the great service of our Veterans and those who need our help.

 ​Have a safe and happy 4 th of July.​

22 Pushups: Day 11

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Today, at the halfway point of my 22 days, 22 pushups a day challenge to raise awareness for Veteran’s suicide, I visited Dublin’s Mape Memorial Park, named after United States Navy Commander John “Jack” Clement Mape, a 40-year old father of seven, who was Dublin’s first casualty in the Vietnam War. I was joined on Day 11 by Dublin residents Kevin Dielissen and Stephen Wright, whose son Dylan, is a member of the Army Reserves following 8 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. All Veterans deserve our support as they return home. On average 22 Veterans die by suicide each day. By doing pushups, I hope to bring awareness to the issue and help to those who struggle. If you are a Veteran and you need support, please call 1-800-273-8255, and press 1. Help is available, you are not alone. Thank you to those who serve or have served, and the families and friends who support them.

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.

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