SAGE TO HOLD AN EVENT FOR THE ARREDONDO FAMILY FOUNDATION ON FEBRUARY 1
Albany, NY- The Sage Colleges' men's basketball team will hold a fund raiser and an awareness event for the Arredondo Family Foundation in conjunction with their home Empire 8 contest on February 1. On Saturday, February 1, 2020 Sage will host Hartwick College in Kahl Gym at 2 p.m. While admission is free for Sage athletic events, the Gators are asking attendees to consider making a donation to the fund. Additionally, Sage will be holding a 50-50 raffle at the pair of games that day.
"We are excited to partner with Sage and the men's basketball team to bring awareness to this cause," stated Melissa Carriero, who will be on hand on February 1. "She added, "this cause is very personal to me as my cousin recently passed away and suffered from PTSD. We are also trying to raise awareness for veterans and their families as they have a long list of special needs, that includes Traumatic Brain Injury as well as services required for themselves and their families tied into their military service, as well as sadly suicide awareness.
WHAT THE ARREDONDO FAMILY FOUNDATION DOES?
AFF (the Arredondo Family Foundation) provides military families support in the following manners:
- By providing referrals to after-care so families can meet with a support group and also a therapist if necessary. AFF does this with the help of our partner agencies.
- By providing scholarships to military siblings for university or military siblings or kids for parochial school.
- By providing QPR suicide prevention training so that military families and friends are able to be aware of how to prevent another military related suicide.
- By providing a turkey giveaway at Thanksgiving for families who have lost someone to suicide well as veterans, military and Gold Star families.
- By providing holiday support and/or activities.
Suicide & Traumatic Brain Injury
Suicide accounts for 20 veteran deaths each day. One service member takes his or her life daily. Though not tracked, it is estimated that one military family member takes his of her life daily. Sources include the Veterans' Administration and Department of Defense.
One of the signature conditions from overseas deployments is TBI or Traumatic Brain Injury. TBI is also strongly associated with military suicide.
Traumatic Brain Injury: Intentional self-harm (including suicide) associated with TBI-related deaths have increased during the period between 2007 and 2013. (Morbidity and Mortality Report, March 2017)
In 2013, suicide was the second leading cause of TBI-related deaths at 33%. (Centers for Disease Control)
More about the Arredondo Family Foundation
The mission of the Arredondo Family Foundation is to empower military families in the prevention of military related suicides and to provide support through education, financial relief and support services.
The Goals of the Arredondo Family Foundation are to:
- Train military families and friends to understand mental health crisis and suicide prevention techniques among their active duty service members and veterans and military family members in order to reduce the number of military-related suicides.
- Provide educational assistance to military siblings who seek a college education.
- Currently these goals apply only to Massachusetts residents.
The Arredondo Family Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 Organization.
Arredondo Family Foundation
4258 Washington Street, Suite 11
Roslindale, MA 02131
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