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Our Mission

Every single day, more than twenty US veterans die by suicide. Tragically, approximately every 26 seconds someone attempts suicide.

The causes are as unique and varied as the veterans themselves. Operation VEST’s mission is to eradicate suicide one at a time by addressing the different needs of our veteran population. We aim to create awareness and remove stigma surrounding mental health so our veterans and active military can heal.

Operation VEST works alongside other local organizations and with veterans to help our heroes fight the battle within. We believe we can achieve this by working together!

What We Do

  1. At Operation VEST, we promote awareness and inform the public of the staggering statistics affecting our veterans through programs, local events and social media.
  2. Operation VEST connects veterans to veterans, veterans to non-profits, and non-profits to other non-profits because TOGETHER is how we will effect change!
  3. A portion of funds Operation VEST raises helps to cover the cost of alternative healing for our veterans who are dealing with Post Traumatic Stress. This is done through partnership with other local veteran service organizations.

We have also partnered with Suffolk County and have launched a program, STAY Bag, to help individuals and family members of those who may be dealing with suicidal thoughts and tendencies.

create awareness not stigma

The Operation VEST STAY Bag Program was created in proud partnership with Suffolk County and the Long Island Veterans Coalition for Suicide Prevention. This program aims to provide veterans with the tools needed to stop thoughts of self-harm. The STAY Bag is a kit with items designed to recreate positive memories, occurrences, or behaviors along with valuable resources which are geared to inspire the individual to STAY another day.

Upcoming Events

6th Annual Dog Tag Run

6th Annual Dog Tag Run

2.2 mile run, walk, ruck, or dog walk Saturday, June 11, 2022, 9am Gardiner County Park, Bay Shore, NY
2nd Annual 22 Degree Run & Plunge

2nd Annual 22 Degree Run & Plunge

January 2023
Walker Beach, Brightwaters, NY


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