5/6/24 – Veterans Suicide Prevention Team Presentation

VA S.A.V.E. is a 1-hour program being provided by the Altoona VA Medical Center Suicide Prevention Team to Veterans, Veteran Caregivers, friends/relatives of Veterans and those who server Veterans in our Communities.

Across America, the annual rate of Veteran suicides is 17-22 per day (6,000 per year).  The rate of suicide for Veterans is over 50% higher than for non-veterans.

Come... hear from professional suicide case workers about how

For more information about this event, please contact Legionnaire Bob Booz.

Event Details

Monday, May 6th, 2024 - 7:00PM
Hosted by: American Legion Post 779
2928 Penns Valley Pike
Centre Hall, PA 16828
(Light refreshments will be served)

Presentation Highlights

- Brief overview of suicide in the Veteran population

- Suicide myths and misinformation

- Risk factors for suicide, protective factors

- S.A.V.E. model (Signs of suicide, asking about suicide, validating feelings, encouraging help and expediting treatment)

2024 State Police Youth Week

The Elmer Hafer American Legion State Police National Guard Youth Camp brings together the PA National Guard, the American Legion and the State Police to give students firsthand experience in many areas of law enforcement and the military.  This program enhances leadership skills, discipline and self-esteem to morally, intellectually and physically prepare cadets as future leaders.  The event is hosted at Messiah University in Mechanicsburg, PA.
More information can be found by visiting the PA Legion website.
Post 779 is sponsoring up to three students for the State Police Youth Week, June 9th-15th.
To apply, please contact Post Adjutant Hilda Putnam.


2024 Dean B. Ripka Scholarship

Post 779 annually awards a $4,000 scholarship to a deserving Penns Valley High School Senior in memory of Dean B. Ripka.

Priority is given to children of Legionnaires of Post 779.

Second priority to grandchildren of Legionnaires.

In the absence of neither, the Post will select a worthy candidate.

To apply, please submit a well-written letter to the Post Commander explaining eligibility, your school plans and why Post 779 should choose you for this scholarship.
Hand-delivered applications will not be accepted.  Letter MUST be postmarked by April 5th, 2024 and mailed to:
American Legion Post 779
PO Box 429
Centre Hall, PA 16828