WAR Regional Directors form

Regional Directors have one of the most important positions in WAR.  You are one of three branches that help us make sure no one is left behind.

Take this job seriously, it is not a hobby or something to do only when you have free time.  It is something that can save lives.

Our regions are a crucial link in Operation Not on my Watch.


OPERATION NOT ON MY WATCH:

Goal:

The goal of Operation NOMW is to ensure that we don’t lose any of our members to the tragedy of suicide. This is something that happens all too often today, especially so in our veteran community. While it is rarely just one event that causes someone to decide to take their own life there is often many signs of stressors that can mount up and often seem insurmountable at the time. It is our goal to better connect with one another in order to provide a better network of support within our own community to be able to help one another as needed or connect them with someone who can provide the professional care they may require. 

How:

By breaking WAR down into different geographical sections (Regions) it would be more feasible for members to gather on a more regular occurrence. With quarterly gatherings of the Regions for food, fun, fellowship, and team building exercises, it will strengthen the camaraderie within the ranks, friendships will form and strengthen the morale of the unit as a whole. This “breaking down” of WAR would only be in reference to the NOMW (Not On My Watch) Campaign, not to the actual organization itself.

These Regions will each have their own chain of command as it were, but with obvious limits. Their duties are to ensure that the members in their region are OK and to provide any assistance to connect someone to a proper professional as needed.

1 Regional Director, 1 Assistant RD, 1 Regional Sargent at Arms and 1-2 Regional Team Leaders per 10 members in region (or as needed). Team leaders are appointed by the Regional Directors and are responsible for helping keep in contact with the rest of the members in the region. Two year terms for Regional Leaders and Sargent at Arms. 
(one or two year term?)

Regional Group Activities/Meetings/Team Building:

Regional Training: Suicide Prevention - Regional Directors and Sargent at Arms should complete this type of training. Once Regional Directors and Sargent at Arms are assigned, WAR will connect these leaders with the groups that put these types of training on in their area.

Sargent at Arms are there to help assist with the responsibilities of the Regional Director and to assume them if necessary. (e.g. Regional Director is recovering from surgery and can’t head up the bi-monthly gatherings, so the S@A would be able to fill in). 

Point System:
THIS NUMBER PROGRAM WILL GO INTO EFFECT JAN 2020.
When someone reaches the point total of 6 or greater an alert is triggered to check on them to see how they are coping. Contact should be kept for at least 2-3 weeks to continue to offer support and if needed that they be afforded an opportunity to relate to a professional in their area. Both Regional Director and Team Leaders will help connect the WAR member with these professionals in their area that can best help with their situation and will continue to maintain contact throughout the process and for a minimum of 3 weeks following the completion of the treatment.

***Maintaining communication is vital for this to operate successfully! Regional Directors and Team leaders need to ensure that they are able and willing to maintain communication with those in their region, so we can have our battle buddie’s 6! ***

Some Common Stressors and a generalized number system: 
(Note: the numbers are not absolutes, everyone handles things differently. Make sure to remember the individuality of each person going through their issues, everyone handles things differently. While we use the number 6 to help us ensure that no one slips through the cracks and feels alone it is not necessarily indicative that the person is suicidal; it does help let us know when they need a friend to have their backs.)

  • Divorce-2
  • Loss of a child-RF-6
  • Loss of a parent/close family member-3 (first year)
  • Deployment-2 (during)
  • Multiple Deployments-2 (post)
  • Initial Separation from Service (Initial 12 months)-2
  • Loss of employment-2
  • New Marriage-1 (first year)
  • Concussion-1 (if repetitive increase by 1 up to the 3rd time within a 12-month span. If the 3rd time is reached it’s an immediate red flag)
  • Serious Illness/Injury -2
  • PTSD=2
  • Excessive alcohol or drug abuse-6 RF
  • Sudden change in behavior/mannerisms (extremes, i.e. sudden isolation, etc.)-2
  • Moving/PCS-1
  • Division of the Family (custodial rights of children, etc.)-2
  • Change in relationship status-1
  • Loss of a close friend-2
  • Loss of home/homeless-3
  • Age 18-35-1
  • Male-1
  • Family History of Depression or Mental Illnesses-1
  • Family History of Suicide-1
  • Legal trouble (DUI, arrest, lawsuits, article 15, Military Chapter, etc.)-2
  • History of abuse/trauma-2
***This is not a complete list of all the stressors many of our members deal with daily, but it is some of the common ones. The list is always open to other things being added and a number assigned to it. ***

This is also discussed in further detail at this link: WAR NOMW (coming soon)

Regional Chain of Command

  1. President
  2. Secretary
  3. Regional Director ( minimum two years)
  4. Assistant Regional Director (minimum one year) (chosen by Director within 3 months of taking position)
  5. Regional Sargent at Arms (minimum one year) (chosen by Director within 3 months of taking position)
  6. Regional Team Leaders.  1 for every 10 personnel in their area. Can appoint their own assistant with approval of Regional Director. Team Leaders are to be in place within 3 months of Regional Director taking their position) (minimum one year)
  7. Reference documents for Sargent at Arms and Team Leader Requirements.

Please review and fill out the form below.

Thank you,

Sheri Smith