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Two years since launch of Dial 988 then Press 1, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.6 million calls

Source: July 16, 2024

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Two years ago, the launch of Dial 988 then Press 1 made it easier than ever for veterans and their loved ones to access lifesaving support via the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Crisis Line. In these past two years, VCL has answered more than 1,638,138 calls, representing a 22.7% increase in calls per day since the launch.

Dial 988 then Press 1 provides an easy-to-remember number to quickly connect veterans, servicemembers, and their loved ones to the Veterans Crisis Line's lifesaving services. Since the launch of the shortened number, VCL has maintained an average speed to answer of 9.17 seconds. In addition to the increase in calls answered, VCL has also received a 76.7% increase in texts and 27.5% increase in chats per day over the same two years.

"Our Veterans Crisis Line has been providing veteran-centered support for nearly two decades, and two years ago we made it even easier for veterans in crisis and their loved ones to reach out for help by launching Dial 988 then Press 1," said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. "One veteran lost to suicide is one too many. We're supporting more veterans than ever through the 988 initiative and will not rest in our continued efforts to spread the word that this resource is available and saves lives."

Since launching in July 2022, more than 10 million total calls, texts, and chats to 988 have been answered, including 1,179,129 calls answered by VCL via Dial 988 then Press 1.

This year, the two-year anniversary of Dial 988 then Press 1 coincides with the 2024 VA/DOD Suicide Prevention Conference in Portland, Oregon. This biannual event — a major platform for advancing the Biden-Harris Administration's Reducing Military and Veteran Suicide public health strategy — will bring together over 2,000 VA and DoD care team members, leaders, allies and subject matter experts from across the country to share leading-edge research, evidence-based clinical and community approaches, and improved data methods.

Ensuring every veteran and their loved ones know how to reach VCL in their time of need, as well as continuing to advance broader efforts to prevent veteran suicide, are top VA priorities. Today, more than 1,000 responders — many of whom are veterans themselves — ensure that every veteran has somebody to call for support in time of crisis.

If you're a veteran in crisis or concerned about one, contact the Veterans Crisis Line to receive 24/7 confidential support. You don't have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to connect. To reach responders, Dial 988 then Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text 838255

Next article: Watch Legion alums Leyland, Mauer join Hall of Fame

Watch Legion alums Leyland, Mauer join Hall of Fame

Source: July 16, 2024

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Jim Leyland and Joe Mauer will become the newest American Legion Baseball alumni enshrined in Cooperstown when the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2024 is inducted July 21.

Leyland and Mauer will bring the total number of former Legion Baseball players in the Hall of Fame to 87. Leyland played for Post 183 in Pemberville, Ohio, while Mauer played for Post 606 in St. Paul, Minn.

The induction ceremony for the Class of 2024, which also includes Adrian Beltre and Todd Helton, will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET Sunday. The event will air live on MLB Network and stream on MLB.com.

Mauer became just the third catcher to be selected to the Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot, joining Johnny Bench and Ivan Rodriguez. They played Legion Baseball as well — Bench in Anadarko, Okla., and Rodriguez for Post Vega Baja in Puerto Rico.

Mauer spent his entire 15-year career with the Minnesota Twins, winning batting titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009. He was also American League MVP in 2009.

Mauer becomes the third player with ties to Post 606 to reach the Baseball Hall of Fame, joining Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield.

Leyland won 1,769 games in 22 seasons as a manager with the Pirates, Marlins, Rockies and Tigers, winning the 1997 World Series in the Marlins' fifth year of existence. He also managed Team USA to the 2017 World Baseball Classic title — four years after retiring from major league managing. Leyland was a three-time Manager of the Year, with Pittsburgh in 1990 and 1992 and with Detroit in 2006.

Next article: Alternative therapy for autoimmune, neurological and other issues

Alternative therapy for autoimmune, neurological and other issues

Source: July 16, 2024

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An innovator in the health sector that aims to improve the lives of veterans and civilians with advanced therapies and protocols is the special guest on this week's episode of The American Legion Tango Alpha Lima podcast.

Eric Stoffers founded BioXcellerator with the goal of treating autoimmune and degenerative diseases, as well as orthopedic, spine and disc, and neurological conditions. He was inspired to pursue his career path in part by his grandmother's experience with traditional pharmaceuticals.

"That was the beginning," he said, but noted that he made a transition as an entrepreneur when he was working with a group of doctors in a real estate deal.

"When I got to see the patient testimonials and the help they were providing, there were some stories that really tugged on my heartstrings," he said. "They've spent their entire lives helping people." 

BioXcellerator has helped a wide range of patients, including previous podcast guest Omar "Crispy" Avila, who has emerged from severely disabled veteran to powerlifting champion. Additionally, the company has helped other athletes, entertainers and others with its stem-cell process.

"It is both safe and effective for a lot of indications," he says, noting those receiving the treatment have to go outside the U.S. since there are limitations on the therapies here. "The efficacy of the treatments are incredible for things like orthopedic injuries, autoimmune disease — the most common ones — and neurological ones. Our focus is on regular people like you and I."

Also, co-hosts Stacy Pearsall, Adam Marr and Joe Worley discuss:

• National Ice Cream Day is July 21, which this year is a Sunday — or sundae?

• A Be the One suicide prevention awareness walk nets a Bravo Zulu.

• A return to the draft? 

Check out this week's episode, which is among more than 250 Tango Alpha Lima podcasts available in both audio and video formats here. You can also download episodes on Apple Podcasts, Google Play or other major podcast-hosting sites. The video version is available at the Legion's YouTube channel.

 

Next article: Henry Repeating Arms salutes The American Legion with new tribute edition rifles

Henry Repeating Arms salutes The American Legion with new tribute edition rifles

Source: July 15, 2024

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Henry Repeating Arms, the world's leading lever-action firearm manufacturer, is pleased to announce a new collection of tribute edition rifles to support The American Legion, its members, and their mission to enhance the well-being of America's veterans, their families, America's military, and communities through mutual helpfulness. The rifles are now available to American Legion members at discounted factory-direct pricing. Henry Repeating Arms donates a portion of every sale back to The American Legion.

A new line of American Legion Tribute Edition rifles from Henry Repeating Arms is now available to American Legion members at discounted factory-direct pricing. Visit henryusa.com/american-legion for more information.

The Henry Golden Boy American Legion Tribute Edition .22 S/L/LR features a nickel-plated and engraved receiver cover with 24kt gold-plated highlights for contrast.

The Henry Big Boy Brass American Legion Tribute Edition .44 Magnum/.44 Spl features an engraved receiver machined from a solid piece of hardened brass.

To further support the partnership, Henry Repeating Arms is auctioning a collector's set containing serial No. 1 of each rifle in the series and donating all proceeds to The American Legion. The auction concludes on July 24 at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Chartered by Congress in 1919, The American Legion has more than 1.6 million members, making it the nation's largest veterans service organization. The organization is largely responsible for the G.I. Bill, which made higher education, home ownership, and job training accessible to millions of World War II veterans and millions more veterans after that. American Legion members volunteer their time to mentor children and youth, including the Junior Shooting Sports Program. In fact, program alumni have gone on to win Olympic medals in the sport.

The American Legion Tribute Edition rifles are available in three unique models based on some of Henry's most popular rifles. The Golden Boy American Legion Tribute Edition is chambered for .22 S/L/LR and features an engraved nickel-plated receiver cover with 24kt gold plated highlights. This rifle's genuine American walnut forearm is engraved with the American Legion's four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Youth. The Big Boy Brass American Legion Tribute Edition steps up the firepower with a rifle chambered in .44 Magnum and .44 Special featuring an engraved receiver machined from a solid piece of hardened brass, an iconic octagon barrel, and genuine American walnut stocks. The third rifle in the collection, the Big Boy X Model American Legion Tribute Edition, offers maximum versatility and usability with durable synthetic furniture, fiber optic sights, and a threaded barrel, and it is chambered for the ubiquitous .357 Magnum and .38 Special cartridges. The buttstock is laser engraved with the American Legion logo.

"We are immensely grateful to America's veterans and the organizations dedicated to supporting them and their families," said Anthony Imperato, Founder and CEO of Henry Repeating Arms. "We build these rifles to honor their sacrifices and celebrate the driving spirit of The American Legion, which stands as a beacon of hope and progress for those who have served this country."

For more information about Henry Repeating Arms, its products, and their commitment to honoring America's heroes, visit HenryUSA.com and order a free catalog. All purchases must be shipped to a federally licensed firearms dealer.

Next article: Virtual job fair July 25 for veterans, servicemembers and military spouses

Virtual job fair July 25 for veterans, servicemembers and military spouses

Source: July 15, 2024

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The American Legion will be part of a virtual job fair on July 25.

The event, hosted by MilitaryHire and Walmart, will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT. The free event is open to servicemembers, veterans and military spouses.

Participants will be able to explore careers with top employers, converse with recruiters and share their resume with hiring teams from across the nation.

Click here to register.

 

Next article: 78th session of American Legion Boys Nation begins this week

78th session of American Legion Boys Nation begins this week

Source: July 15, 2024

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One hundred young men from across the country will participate in the 78th session of American Legion Boys Nation beginning this weekend.

Two "senators" representing each state except Hawaii, and the District of Columbia, will simulate the U.S. Senate through the political process. They'll also elect a president, vice president, president pro tempore and secretary of the senate during their eight days at Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

The senators, all of whom are entering their senior year of high school, will be divided into two political parties, and each senator will write, introduce and debate a bill of his choosing before an appropriate Senate committee.

The Boys Nation senators will also join their counterparts from Girls Nation, sponsored by The American Legion Auxiliary, in meeting with their real-world senators and their staffs during a visit to Capitol Hill. That's among a number of off-campus activities on the schedule for the programs.

Follow the happenings at American Legion Boys Nation at legion.org/boysnation, on YouTube at americanlegionHQ, and on social media (X/Twitter: @ALBoysNation; Instagram: @theamericanlegion) with the hashtag #BoysNation2024.

 

Next article: Five Things to Know, July 15, 2024

Five Things to Know, July 15, 2024

Source: July 15, 2024

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1.   It has been the Secret Service's protocol for more than a half-century since the assassination of John F. Kennedy — survey and secure all nearby structures to prevent gunfire from reaching a president or anyone else under the agency's protection. But somehow on Saturday, a 20-year-old Pennsylvania man was able to access a roof with a gun just 140 yards from the stage where former president Donald Trump was speaking. Now the Secret Service's actions and the potential holes in its protective net are under intense scrutiny, with lawmakers in both parties calling on Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle to account for her decisions and law enforcement officials and experts expressing shock at what many said was the worst Secret Service breakdown since the assassination attempt on President Reagan in 1981.

2.   Former President Donald Trump called for unity and resilience Sunday after an attempt on his life added fresh uncertainty to an already tumultuous presidential campaign and raised sharp questions about how a gunman was able to open fire from a rooftop near a Pennsylvania campaign rally. A full day after the shooting, the gunman's motive was still a mystery, and investigators said they believe he acted alone before being fatally shot by Secret Service agents. President Joe Biden ordered an independent security review of the attack, which killed a bystander and critically wounded two others. The FBI was investigating the shooting as a potential act of domestic terrorism.

3.   President Joe Biden has nominated a lieutenant general with a history of command in the region to become the next leader of U.S. Army Pacific. Lt. Gen. Ronald Clark, Austin's senior military assistant, would take over at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, when Gen. Charles Flynn's tenure ends there. Flynn took command on June 4, 2021, from Gen. Paul LaCamera, who now leads U.S. Forces Korea. Clark, who would also pick up a fourth star, must be confirmed by the Senate.

4.   China and Russia's naval forces on Sunday kicked off a joint exercise at a military port in southern China, official news agency Xinhua reported, days after NATO allies called Beijing a "decisive enabler" of the war in Ukraine. The Chinese defense ministry said in a brief statement forces from both sides recently patrolled the western and northern Pacific Ocean and that the operation had nothing to do with international and regional situations and didn't target any third party.

5.   The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed Sunday to respond to what she called a fresh South Korean civilian leafleting campaign, signaling North Korea could soon resume flying trash-carrying balloons across the border. Beginning in late May, North Korea floated numerous balloons carrying waste paper, scraps of cloth, cigarette butts and even manure toward South Korea in a series of late-night launch events, saying they were a tit-for-tat action against South Korean activists scattering political leaflets via their own balloons. No hazardous materials were found.

Next article: Palou, Lundqvist bounce back on Day 2 of Iowa doubleheader

Palou, Lundqvist bounce back on Day 2 of Iowa doubleheader

Source: July 15, 2024

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After a tough opening day at the Iowa Speedway, Chip Ganassi Racing's (CGR) Alex Palou and rookie Linus Lundqvist both battled back to strong showings in Sunday's Hy-Vee One Step 250.

Palou, driving the No. 10 DHL Honda featuring American Legion branding, finished second to Will Power by .39 seconds after the Team Penske driver overtook Palou on Lap 205 following a Palou pit stop and held him off the rest of the way. Palou, the defending NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion, left Iowa with a 35-point lead over Power in the points race.

And CGR rookie Linus Lundqvist, driving the No. 8 American Legion Honda, ran in the top 10 part of the race – including leading Laps 206-208 – before finishing 12th.

Their showing followed a Saturday in the Hy-Vee Homefront 250 that saw rookie Linus Lundqvist retire after 209 laps because of mechanical issues and finish 21st, and NTT INDYCAR SERIES points leader Alex Palou record his worst finish (23rd) in 36 races after being forced out of the race on Lap 176 when he made contact with the outside wall on the front straightaway.

Palou came back on Sunday, starting second and taking his first lead on Lap 95. He ended up leading a race-high 103 laps; his finish also marked six podium finish and ninth top five of the 2024 season.

"It was a good weekend," Palou said. "I mean, yesterday was a terrible day for us, but the No. 10 DHL crew rebounded today. We almost got the win. I mean it was really tough to pass, I don't think anybody could pass.

"(Power) got us in the pits because they had a little bit more fuel, same as what we did to (third-place finisher Scott McLaughlin). Solid P2, looking forward to Toronto next week."

Lundqvist's finish tied for his second highest of the season in a points race and pushed his Rookie of the Year lead by 31 points over teammate Kyffin Simpson.

"The American Legion Honda was fast again. It's just a shame that we couldn't get the second lane working and passing was very tough," Lundqvist said. "It was stay behind the car in front, have no mistakes and try to get them in the pits. We tried something a little different and going a little bit longer, I think that worked out well for us.

"We ended up 12th, which is not amazing but not bad. So, (I'm) walking away where we had a little bit of speed and more confidence on the short ovals."

On Saturday, Palou qualified third and maintained that spot most of the first third of the race. But exiting out of the pits he had a mechanical issue that dropped him 16 spots to 19th. He was able to battle back to 12th before losing control of the car on Lap 176 and hitting the wall.

"Yeah, I just lost it out of Turn 4," Palou said. "Just went a bit closer to the No. 6, then yeah… just a driver mistake."

Lundqvist, meanwhile, had qualified 12th and was running ninth with 40 laps left before a gearing issue took him out of the race.

"I got stuck in gear for two laps as the team tried to work on the issue and couldn't resolve it," Lundqvist said. "I got a message to stop the car.

"I thought we were having a pretty good day. It felt good, fast, good in restarts. It's a shame. Our American Legion Honda was super-fast today."

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES heads northeast next weekend for Sunday's Ontario Honda Dealers Indy Toronto.

To learn more about The American Legion's Be the One suicide prevention program, click here.

Next article: A new way to Be the One: Post to use gaming to reach struggling veterans 

A new way to Be the One: Post to use gaming to reach struggling veterans 

Source: July 15, 2024

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American Legion Post 58 in Guthrie, Okla., already had embraced The American Legion's Be the One suicide prevention program by starting a successful peer-to-peer support program last fall.

But that support didn't stop there. It's now going to use gaming to provide a place for veterans struggling mentally to gather and find camaraderie and support.

On July 10, Post 58 debuted to the public its Bunker 58 E-Sports grand opening, drawing more than 100 Legion Family members, other veterans and members of the community to the event. Working with Regiment Gaming – the nation's largest veteran and military gaming community – and custom PC builder Paradox Customs, the post installed four gaming PC's, each with a mouse, keyboard, controller, headset and mouse pad.

George Shafer, chairman of Post 58's Bunker 58 E-Sports Committee, said the response to the grand opening was overwhelming and praised the committee for making it happen.

"The committee that we have is second to none," he said. "They have been sacrificial. Gracious with my mistakes with the logistical situations that happen when you're coordinating a major event. Our committee stuck it out and made it happen.

"Most of our committee members would have been ecstatic if we would have had 10-20 people show up. There were so many connections and opportunities that sprang from that event that we're still processing. We are so grateful and so humbled not only by the veterans, but also our community who showed up in droves."

The idea behind Bunker 58 had its inception around two years ago during a conversation between Shafer and two fellow relatively new Legionnaires. "We read the article in (The American Legion Magazine) about the partnership with Regiment Gaming. And our eyes just lit up.

"We began doing some initial research, minor things like how much would the proper amount of commitment cost. What types of systems would we be using. We put in the legwork and got involved with Regiment online on (social platform) Discord. We started participating in their community nights."

Shafer ended up messaging Regiment CEO and Founder Chris Earl through Discord. His interactions with Earl and Paradox Customs founder Arpit Manaktala led to praise from Shafer.

"The level of professionalism of Chris Earl and Arpit Manaktala, from start to finish, they communicated clearly with us," Shafer said. "I never went more than a day without getting a response if I sent something up to them, which is a big deal with two CEOs. They didn't treat us any less because we were a small post in a small town."

Shafer and his committee had to sell the post on the idea of investing in the gaming setup. It did, which also led to praise from Shafer. "For me, one of the big headlines was the trust that the post put into the E-Sports Committee. It's a very forward-thinking idea," he said. "But they entrusted us to do it. They showed an immense amount of patience as we learned in the process."

Members of Regiment Gaming, of which The American Legion is the official veteran service organization, were on hand to help with the setup on June 9, as were staff from custom computer builder Paradox Customs.

The next day, Post 58 hosted its grand opening. The attendance at the event impressed Earl – as was seeing Post 58 embrace gaming. "The turnout was absolutely amazing," he said. "Seeing an American Legion post launch a gaming room like this is surreal. It validates that this partnership between Regiment and The American Legion makes sense and is helping to modernize the Legion."

Shafer said the event brought in a much-needed demographic and has continued to bring potential members to the post. "One of the things I noticed was is we attracted younger members. We got younger members to sign on the dotted line to join up for the Legion," he said. "And Bunker 58 has been used every day since our event (July 11). It was used by veterans who had never stepped foot in our Legion before."

Shafer, who also serves as post chaplain, heads up Post 58's peer-to-peer (P2P) support program, which brings in veterans from the community to talk about any issues they may be dealing with, regardless of whether they are members of the post. He believes the success of that program helped pave the way for the instant success of Bunker 58, and he believes the post's gaming program can provide a similar sense of community and support.

"So much of my time was me operating as a chaplain during our grand opening," he said. "We had veterans telling me about multiple suicide attempts. More than one pulled me off to the side talking about how difficult it's been during their transition (from the military). And some of those guys are becoming members.

"For me, our post represents Be the One just for that one day. This is a program that's going to continue, that's going to grow."

Shafer points to data that he said supports the idea that gaming can provide a healthy outlet for veterans facing post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues resulting from their military service or struggles in the civilian world.

"I'm a graduate student, so I appreciate research," Shafer said. "Over the past three years the National Institute of Health has put out statistics regarding e-gaming and the benefit of e-gaming for veterans with (post-traumatic stress disorder). The statistics note that e-sports conducted in a controlled environment staved off PTSD symptomology such as generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder through camaraderie, competition and accountability.

"I think one of the key factors in being in a controlled environment is when these guys sit down in front of the screen, they kind of forget about some of the issues that they have. And they've got other veterans standing watch, keeping an eye out."

Post 58 scheduled the opening of Bunker 58 with an eye on the future. "We launched this in the summer because we wanted to get really good at it by the time the holidays roll around," Shafer said. "Because most of our committee members know somebody who (has died by suicide). And for most of us, often that happened around the holidays. That seems to be a really prime time for that depression to hit.

"So, we wanted to launch in July so that we could get really good at what we do and have a place ready and available for any veteran, whether they are in need or want to get around other veterans. We want to be there with a response."

Earl believes that what Post 58 has done is the start of what other American Legion posts will begin doing. "What we did at Post 58 is what I envision most American Legion posts will look like in the next few years," he said. "Gaming is not the ultimate answer that's going to modernize this organization, but it for sure is very important and a step in the right direction."

Shafer said seeing the idea of a gaming area at the post to what Bunker 58 has become is "humbling. It's humbling that our post would hear our vision out. It's humbling that our post would financially support it. It's humbling to know that I can reach out to a CEO of a major veterans organization and he's going to reach right back out to me.

"It has such been so powerful. We've connected with a lot of people through Regiment. But our end goal is to do everything that we can to eliminate veteran suicide."

Any American Legion posts wishing to start a gaming program through Regiment can contact Chris Earl at chris@regiment.gg.

Next article: Extreme heat and tips to stay safe

Extreme heat and tips to stay safe

Source: July 15, 2024

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LEARN HOW YOUR PLANNED GIFT CAN HELP THE AMERICAN LEGION

I work for a county health department, where we see individuals affected from heat-related illnesses. Can you provide information on the effects of extreme heat on older adults, and what they can do to guard against this risk?

Most people do not realize that extreme heat kills more people in the United States each year than hurricanes and tornadoes combined. While it can be deadly for anyone, older adults are uniquely vulnerable due to three key factors: biological changes that occur with age, higher rates of age-related diseases, and greater use of medications that can alter the body's response to heat. Here are some tips to gauge the risk of a heat-related illness for individuals in your community.

How Heat Affects Seniors The human body has two main mechanisms to cool itself: sweating and increasing blood flow to the skin. In older adults, both of those processes are compromised. Seniors sweat less and have decreased circulation compared with younger individuals.

Chronic health conditions that are more common in older adults, most notably cardiovascular disease and diabetes, can also exacerbate these issues. A compromised heart will struggle to pump sufficient blood, further reducing blood flow to the skin. If the nerves are affected in individuals with diabetes, the body might not receive the message that it needs to start cooling itself by sweating.

As people age, their sense of thirst diminishes, leading them to drink less. In hot conditions, that can cause them to become dehydrated faster. In addition, some older adults, particularly if they have some form of dementia or cognitive decline, may not perceive temperature changes very well. As a result, they will not respond appropriately to heat, both biologically (through sweating) and behaviorally (by moving to some place cooler).

Finally, certain medications seniors may take – like diuretics and other high blood pressure drugs – can affect hydration, blood flow and the sweat response. Individuals should be encouraged to consult their doctor about the side effects of any medications they are taking.

How to Stay Safe On hot days, older adults and people with serious health conditions should limit outdoor activities like walking and gardening to cooler mornings and evenings. They should also take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water, even if they are not thirsty. If an activity starts to feel harder than normal, that is a signal to stop and find a place to cool down.

Signs of dehydration or heat exhaustion include dizziness, lightheadedness, headache, flushed face, racing heart or feeling lethargic. Low energy is especially important to watch out for in people with cognitive impairment, who may not realize how hot they are and are unable to verbalize how they feel. If heat exhaustion worsens to a heat stroke, it becomes a life-threatening emergency.

While older adults face unique challenges when it comes to heat, the ways to cool down are the same for any age. If you or a loved one start to experience any of the above symptoms, the best thing you can do is go somewhere that has air conditioning. If that is not available in the home, check for a local cooling center.

In the absence of air conditioning, water is extremely helpful in reducing the risk for heat-related injury. Rubbing an ice cube or cold compress over your skin, spraying yourself with cool water or taking a cool shower or bath can also help.

For more heat related safety tips, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at CDC.gov/extreme-heat.

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Next article: Two years since launch of Dial 988 then Press 1, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.6 million calls