Each year, more than 7,500 veterans take their own lives, accounting for 18% of all suicides in America. Veterans make up less than 9%of the U.S. population. The challenges of adjustment and transition all need to be addressed especially as these things result in barriers to education, employment, health care, and overall individual well-being. Many of these needs are being met by a combination of different veteran-serving nonprofits and VA support.
Unfortunately, there are still gaps in the system.
The Downtown Y and their Wellness Series for Veterans Program operates entirely by gifts from our community and is helping to fill those gaps. Offering FREE Memberships and access to programs like yoga, water fitness and Tai Chi, The Y is helping to provide tools that Veterans can use to handle stress and anxiety, helping them return back to society. Over the last 5 years, The Downtown Y has provided 3,240 memberships to veterans with 82% of these veterans reporting less anxiety and 74% reporting having more motivation.
On Friday, October 12th, The Downtown Y will host a Night of Chances at The Bourbon Barrel located in Downtown Erie. There will be entertainment, basket raffles, 50/50, bull riding, small games of chance, our famous Mystery Box Game and a chance to win one of eight amazing prizes – with all proceeds benefiting The Downtown Y’s Wellness Series for Veterans.