Veterans are heroes. They sacrifice their time and energy to protect our home from those who threaten freedom. But the life of a hero isn't always as glamorous as our comic books paint them to be. It can be tough, both in service and off duty. GunSkins understands this and that's why we've partnered with Cover Me Veterans, a non-profit organization that aims to spread awareness regarding veteran suicide and offer a solution to keep our heroes safe and alive.
Cover Me Veterans formed in 2016 with a mission to lower suicide rates. While it's practical to remove possession of firearms from struggling veterans, it's not always possible. Many veterans come to view their gun ownership as a badge of honor, a reminder of their service, and a part of their identity.
By partnering with GunSkins, Cover Me Veterans offers FREE Pistol Accent Skins to decorate the grips and mags of any size pistol. Not only does this add a nice touch of camouflage but the most important part resides in the user-uploaded photo printed on the kit, making each one unique and personal to the owner. Cover Me Veterans described their approach with the following:
"We believe that an individual might THINK TWICE about ending his or her life if prompted to look at an image of something in his or her life that matters most (spouse, children, parents, pet, battle buddies, religious icon, etc.). Looking at one of these images is likely an effective way to intervene at this critical and incredibly dangerous time."
Their approach to minimizing the risk of veteran suicide isn't accomplished with gun control, but rather with emotional encouragement. The critical moment of life or death involves the holding and viewing of a firearm, usually a pistol. This "last opportunity" scenario sees the victim in a state of emotional struggle and vulnerability. It this crucial moment that Cover Me Veterans conveys a message of hope and inspiration.
In less than the two years since their launch, Cover Me Veterans has received many positive testimonials from real veterans who shared their experience and gratitude for their free kits. Having a reminder of someone special can make all the difference and all the more when your life is on the line. It's not only the life of the veteran that's important, but the men, women, and children in their lives who matter also.
There's a powerful emotional tug when veterans remember those who covered them on the battlefield. Likewise, at home there are also those who need to be covered and protected. Cover Me Veterans transforms a struggling veteran from feeling like a victim to feeling like a hero who still has a worthy journey ahead of them and loved ones to accompany on the adventure.
To learn more, support the cause, and/or receive your FREE GUNSKINS if you are a veteran, visit covermeveterans.org. You do not need to be a struggling with suicidal thoughts to qualify for a kit. Even civilians may purchase one and help spread awareness. Together, we can do our part to honor our veterans and make them feel like the heroes they are.