6th Annual Veterans Awards Nominee

The Veterans Awards, also known as the Vettys, is an annual award ceremony presented by the Academy of United States Veterans. The awards honor members of the veteran community in the United States in various categories. The 6th Annual Veterans Awards will shine a light on the mental health epidemic that surrounds many of our military and civilian families.

Members of the Academy of United States Veterans have voted. K9 Partners for Patriots has been nominated in the Category of Suicide Prevention. Public voting is open to all members of the community to determine the winner of each category. Winners will be announced on the night of the 6th Annual Veterans Awards on May 14th, 2021.

We would deeply appreciate your support. Please cast your vote for K9 Partners for Patriots today!

About AUSV

AUSV believes that collaborative communities can be a vehicle to bring real opportunities for society.  By encouraging creativity in this cooperative environment, we hope to create a new narrative for our veterans and for all Americans. We believe that community unity is a tribute to the strength and preference of people for inclusion and partnership over division and alienation.

Bringing back a sense of “selves” through community unity.

With a relentless focus on the future, we strive to have our veterans, and other powerful communities work together to promote both moral righteousness and social impact. We build sustainable bridges of trust, unity, and respect between our service members, and other influential communities through advocacy, community relations, and media outreach. Our newsworthy events and projects open the doors for shared opportunities and a shared sense of community.

Social support is such a crucial buffer to psychological distress (Kessler and McLeod 1985). Meanwhile, today’s Iraq and Afghanistan combat soldiers must do this within a larger society in which he or she feels increasingly marginalized and misunderstood.

In war, the sense of self has been converted to the sense of (bonded) selves—it is not individualized. The military (and combat) experience systematically breaks down a soldier’s individualism and autonomy. The cohesion, discipline, and order can instill the feeling of being owned by the institution. This experience is magnified by the dissociation and emotional withdrawal that warfare demands. In post-deployment, former soldiers must reacquaint with their civilian loved ones (and former self). The effort to be congruent with one’s identity and sense of self is often agonizing because when individuals fail to achieve desired consistency (between situation and belief of self) they experience cognitive and/or emotional dissonance that gets manifested as distress (Charmaz 1983; Elson 2003; Lively and Smith 2011).

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