Mental Health Initiative

An American Legion national online mental health survey released last week is revealing some staggering information about veterans and their caregivers nationwide. Hundreds have responded so far, but many more are needed so The American Legion can better understand the mental health conditions of veterans, the effectiveness of treatment and resources available for them and their caregivers in various geographic regions.

A central objective of this research is to find effective ways to reduce and prevent veteran suicide.

I am calling on you to contact your district and county commanders, as well as service officers, to ask them to encourage veterans and caregivers in their areas to take the survey. All responses are confidential, and no personal information is collected.

Learn more about the survey by visiting The American Legion national website at this link:

Veterans and caregivers can also go directly to the survey online at the following link:

This information is critical in our effort to improve mental health treatment for veterans and their caregivers, reduce the suicide rate and shape our policy and resolutions on this important issue.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Brett P. Reistad
American Legion National Commander