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Military Helpline adds texting service

Military Helpline adds texting service

Lines for Life has received a $10,000 award for texting services on the Military Helpline from Newman’s Own and Fisher House Foundation. The check was presented by Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the 14th annual Newman’s Own Award Ceremony at the Pentagon Monday, as awards totaling $100,000 were presented to eight non-profit organizations for their innovative programs to improve military quality of life.

The challenges military members, veterans and their families face are diverse – from depression and substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and thoughts of suicide, to unemployment, relationship difficulties and keeping a roof over their heads.

The Military Helpline is dedicated to helping those experiencing the invisible and visible wounds of war readjust successfully to civilian life. A free, confidential service, the Military Helpline is central to Lines for Life’s mission to prevent substance abuse and suicide. The number is (888) 457-4838. Now this new grant funds a way for them to reach out by texting MIL1 to 839863.

“It is an honor to have Newman’s Own and Fisher House recognize the importance of our Military Helpline” said Judy Cushing, CEO of Lines for Life. “Connecting with another vet gives callers a safe and healthy way to find solutions to the issues that may stand in the way of a fulfilling life. Texting offers a level of privacy for those who may be concerned about being overheard. These funds are crucial to our ability to be there for those who have served and their families in the way that they are most comfortable reaching out.”

Lines for Life, formerly Oregon Partnership, provides real-time, localized mental health support services to thousands throughout the Northwest through telephone counseling 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

It is estimated over 50,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in recent military conflicts, another 320,000 have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment, and as many as 400,000 additional service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

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