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First Substitute H.C.R. 1

Representative Janice M. Fisher proposes the following substitute bill:


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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION DESIGNATING CALL YOUR

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MILITARY HERO DAY

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2014 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Janice M. Fisher

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Senate Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

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             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor designates July 3, 2014,
             11      as "Call Your Military Hero Day."
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution:
             14          .    designates July 3, 2014, as "Call Your Military Hero Day" in the state of Utah and
             15      urges Utah's citizens and military personnel to strengthen bonds of friendship with
             16      military veterans and active duty servicemembers.
             17      Special Clauses:
             18          None
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             20      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             21          WHEREAS, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs reports that, based on
             22      both its own data and data reported by 21 states from 1999 through 2011, 22 military veterans
             23      take their own lives every day;
             24          WHEREAS, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs added that 70% of these
             25      suicides are committed by military veterans 50 years of age or older;


             26          WHEREAS, if more complete and accurate data were available on suicide victims, the
             27      number of suicides among military veterans would be even higher;
             28          WHEREAS, nearly one in five suicides nationally is a military veteran, even though
             29      veterans make up about 10% of the population;
             30          WHEREAS, combat stress is just one reason why some military veterans commit
             31      suicide;
             32          WHEREAS, these reasons include the struggle some military veterans have after being
             33      a victim of violent assault, including rape;
             34          WHEREAS, other reasons include economic pressure and rising unemployment, as
             35      many military veterans struggle to obtain employment at the conclusion of their service;
             36          WHEREAS, according to a survey of 4,000 veterans conducted in 2012, about one out
             37      of every three responded that they had considered suicide;
             38          WHEREAS, suicide is also a significant challenge among active duty military
             39      personnel;
             40          WHEREAS, Leon Panetta, former United States Defense Secretary, has called the
             41      suicide rate among active duty military personnel "an epidemic";
             42          WHEREAS, the United States Army has reported that it has not been able to provide
             43      the same type of suicide awareness and prevention programs to Army Reserve and National
             44      Guard personnel living as civilians back in their communities as it provides to active duty
             45      personnel;
             46          WHEREAS, one key to ending this epidemic is to have more people taking a personal
             47      interest in the lives of individual military veterans and active duty military personnel, people
             48      who genuinely care and will make the time and effort to connect and stay connected with those
             49      who have served or continue to serve our nation;
             50          WHEREAS, military personnel and Utah citizens who reach out to military veterans
             51      and active duty military personnel and establish and strengthen bonds of friendship are an
             52      inestimable force for good that can save lives;
             53          WHEREAS, veterans and active duty military personnel deserve to know that they are
             54      not alone when facing their struggles, that we feel a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation
             55      for the sacrifices of all veterans and active duty military personnel in all branches of military
             56      service, and that we recognize our debt to them; and


             57          WHEREAS, after all that our military veterans and active duty military personnel have
             58      done and endured for us, in standing in harm's way in our place, it is incumbent upon us to
             59      reach out to them and lift their spirits, help them cope with their unique struggles, listen to
             60      them, and demonstrate to them that our appreciation for their service and sacrifice has become
             61      a part of who we are as individuals and as citizens:
             62          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             63      Governor concurring therein, designates July 3, 2014, as "Call Your Military Hero Day" in the
             64      state of Utah.
             65          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge citizens and
             66      military personnel to reach out to military veterans and active duty military personnel to
             67      establish and strengthen bonds of friendship so that they will know that they are not alone when
             68      facing their struggles, that we are filled with gratitude and appreciation for the sacrifices of all
             69      veterans in all branches of military service, and that we recognize our debt to them for putting
             70      themselves in harm's way in our place.
             71          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the United
             72      States Department of Veterans Affairs, the Utah Department of Veterans' and Military Affairs,
             73      and the members of Utah's congressional delegation.


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