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Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, a nonprofit organization co-founded by David Feherty, will launch its inaugural Operation Warrior Call event on Sunday, November 24th. This nationwide effort has been established to encourage service members to reach out to fellow “battle buddies” in order to reconnect and check in on each other’s well being.

Research shows suicide is high among military veterans. The Veterans Administration estimates 22 veterans kill themselves each day. Often military families choose to suffer these tragedies quietly as many warriors return from the battlefield facing a host of serious challenges. The wounds of war, both visible and invisible, sustained by the force through multiple deployments have been well documented. Once home, the possibility of service members becoming disconnected from their fellow warriors can be acerbated simply by the challenges and demands of everyday life. Moving forward, the health of the military community can be strengthened by warriors staying connected to warriors.

Feherty’s Troops First Foundation is asking service members to participate in the Operation Warrior Call event by following these steps on Sunday, November 24th:

1. Make the Call: The best advocate for a warrior is another warrior and lessons learned are valuable assets.

2. Answer the Call: This is the best way to continue looking out for the warriors on your left and right.

3. Be Honest: Situational awareness can lead to a positive course of action.

“These three simple steps are easy to do and can go a long way to help facilitate a service member’s successful reintegration,” explained SGT Omar Avila, US Army (Retired), Warrior Liaison for Feherty’s Troops First Foundation. “For many, the stress of being deployed is not over when we arrive home. We need our nation’s Armed Forces to have access to our most valuable resource – each other. We are asking you to become an advocate for our nation’s warriors by assisting the foundation with this important initiative.”

Continuing communications between “battle buddies” on the home front may be essential to transition out of the stress endured from serving in a warzone. The comfort of knowing that a trusted friend who has also been “outside the wire” is a phone call away could mean the difference between a good decision and a bad decision on any given day, but the call needs to be made and the phone needs to be answered.