Hug a Veteran Valentine’s Day Challenge
Many of our nation’s veterans, especially homeless veterans, don’t receive even one hug per year. You can help VetStreamTV change that by hugging a veteran this Valentine’s Day.
Virginia Satir, a family therapist once said, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”
Research shows that hugging is extremely effective at healing sickness (including PTSD), and loneliness. Our nation’s veterans are unproportionately affected by both. In fact, about 20 veterans commit suicide every day and according to a study by Yale researchers, the primary culprit of suicide is not war related—it’s loneliness. Hugging a veteran can keep loneliness at bay because research has proven that hugs stimulate the brain to release dopamine, a hormone that evokes pleasure in the brain helping to reduce pain and feelings of sadness.
So, just think, when you hug a veteran, you are saying, “you matter to me,” and “your service to our great country is truly appreciated.” So, hug a veteran today and say, “Thank you for your service.”
Are you up to the Valentine’s Day challenge? Go ahead, you can do it! Don’t wait until tomorrow. Start today! Please message us with your Valentine’s Day Hug Challenge photos or email them to us @ firstname.lastname@example.org. When you do, we’ll post them and you’ll be entered to win a free lifetime subscription to VetStreamTV, the world’s first and most comprehensive media outlet for veterans and their loved ones.