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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DESIGNATING CALL YOUR

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MILITARY HERO DAY

             3     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Janice M. Fisher

             6     
Senate Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

             7      Cosponsors:
             8      Jennifer M. Seelig
             9      Tim M. Cosgrove
             10      Rebecca Chavez-Houck
             11      Joel K. Briscoe
             12      Brad L. Dee
             13      Gregory H. Hughes
             14      Don L. Ipson
             15      Jacob L. Anderegg
             16      Jerry B. Anderson
             17      Johnny Anderson
             18      Patrice M. Arent
             19      Stewart Barlow
             20      Roger E. Barrus
             21      Jim Bird
             22      Melvin R. Brown
             23      Jack R. Draxler
             24      Susan DuckworthRebecca P. Edwards
Gage Froerer
Francis D. Gibson
Richard A. Greenwood
Stephen G. Handy
Lynn N. Hemingway
Eric K. Hutchings
Ken Ivory
Brian S. King
John Knotwell
Bradley G. Last
David E. Lifferth
John G. Mathis
Kay L. McIff
Mike K. McKell
Carol Spackman Moss
Merrill F. Nelson
Jim NielsonMichael E. Noel
Curtis Oda
Lee B. Perry
Jeremy A. Peterson
Val L. Peterson
Dixon M. Pitcher
Marie H. Poulson
Kraig Powell
Paul Ray
Edward H. Redd
Angela Romero
V. Lowry Snow
Jon E. Stanard
R. Curt Webb
John R. Westwood
Mark A. Wheatley
Ryan D. Wilcox
Larry B. Wiley              25     
             26      LONG TITLE
             27      General Description:
             28          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor designates July 3, 2014,


             29      as "Call Your Military Hero Day."
             30      Highlighted Provisions:
             31          This resolution:
             32          .    designates July 3, 2014, as "Call Your Military Hero Day" in the state of Utah and
             33      urges Utah's citizens and military personnel to strengthen bonds of friendship with
             34      military veterans and active duty servicemembers.
             35      Special Clauses:
             36          None
             37     
             38      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             39          WHEREAS, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs reports that, based on
             40      both its own data and data reported by 21 states from 1999 through 2011, 22 military veterans
             41      take their own lives every day;
             42          WHEREAS, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs added that 70% of these
             43      suicides are committed by military veterans 50 years of age or older;
             44          WHEREAS, if more complete and accurate data were available on suicide victims, the
             45      number of suicides among military veterans would be even higher;
             46          WHEREAS, nearly one in five suicides nationally is a military veteran, even though
             47      veterans make up about 10% of the population;
             48          WHEREAS, combat stress is just one reason why some military veterans commit
             49      suicide;
             50          WHEREAS, these reasons include the struggle some military veterans have after being
             51      a victim of violent assault, including rape;
             52          WHEREAS, other reasons include economic pressure and rising unemployment, as
             53      many military veterans struggle to obtain employment at the conclusion of their service;
             54          WHEREAS, according to a survey of 4,000 veterans conducted in 2012, about one out
             55      of every three responded that they had considered suicide;
             56          WHEREAS, suicide is also a significant challenge among active duty military


             57      personnel;
             58          WHEREAS, Leon Panetta, former United States Defense Secretary, has called the
             59      suicide rate among active duty military personnel "an epidemic";
             60          WHEREAS, the United States Army has reported that it has not been able to provide
             61      the same type of suicide awareness and prevention programs to Army Reserve and National
             62      Guard personnel living as civilians back in their communities as it provides to active duty
             63      personnel;
             64          WHEREAS, one key to ending this epidemic is to have more people taking a personal
             65      interest in the lives of individual military veterans and active duty military personnel, people
             66      who genuinely care and will make the time and effort to connect and stay connected with those
             67      who have served or continue to serve our nation;
             68          WHEREAS, military personnel and Utah citizens who reach out to military veterans
             69      and active duty military personnel and establish and strengthen bonds of friendship are an
             70      inestimable force for good that can save lives;
             71          WHEREAS, veterans and active duty military personnel deserve to know that they are
             72      not alone when facing their struggles, that we feel a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation
             73      for the sacrifices of all veterans and active duty military personnel in all branches of military
             74      service, and that we recognize our debt to them; and
             75          WHEREAS, after all that our military veterans and active duty military personnel have
             76      done and endured for us, in standing in harm's way in our place, it is incumbent upon us to
             77      reach out to them and lift their spirits, help them cope with their unique struggles, listen to
             78      them, and demonstrate to them that our appreciation for their service and sacrifice has become
             79      a part of who we are as individuals and as citizens:
             80          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             81      Governor concurring therein, designates July 3, 2014, as "Call Your Military Hero Day" in the
             82      state of Utah.
             83          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge citizens and
             84      military personnel to reach out to military veterans and active duty military personnel to


             85      establish and strengthen bonds of friendship so that they will know that they are not alone when
             86      facing their struggles, that we are filled with gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices of all
             87      veterans in all branches of military service, and that we recognize our debt to them for putting
             88      themselves in harm's way in our place.
             89          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the United
             90      States Department of Veterans Affairs, the Utah Department of Veterans' and Military Affairs,
             91      and the members of Utah's congressional delegation.


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