Veteran Suicide Awareness Project Comes to NJ

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March 28/29, Fair Lawn, NJ —- Scott LoBaido, renowned American Patriot Artist, has painted the American Flag on rooftops and American Legion and VFW Posts in all 50 states. His passion for America is well documented.

Now he has created a traveling art exhibit – “22-13” – in each of the 13 original colonies (states) as a way of creating more awareness for the 20-22 Veteran lives that are lost by their own hands every day! Just recently, President Trump created a cabinet-level task force to take this National Tragedy head on!

For years, our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen have been returning from war zones with physical and emotional wounds. Most can only share their experiences with their fellow battle buddies. The number of suicides every day is staggering. Police, Fire Fighters and First Responders face similar emotional wounds.

“22-13” dramatically displays 22 lighted silhouettes and a centerpiece of 22 gold-painted boots surrounding two facing number 2s, creating a vacant heart. Vignettes of our soldiers in past wars appear in white stripes.

The display will be set up on Thursday, March 28 at the American Legion Post 171, 17-08 River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ. Opening ceremonies will be Thursday night at 6pm when the display lights will be turned on. The exhibit will remain on Post property thru Friday and Friday night. This will be the only appearance of “22-13” in New Jersey.

SPECIAL NOTE: On each night, shortly after the lighting of the display, retired FDNY Fire Fighter Danny Prince will administer what is known as the Spartan Pledge. It is a pledge that Veterans, Police Officers, Fire Fighters and First Responders can take promising not to take their own life without talking to a Battle Buddy first. Those taking the pledge will be able to touch World Trade Center steel during this brief ceremony. To our knowledge, no one who has taken the Spartan Pledge has ever committed suicide. The Pledge was originally created by warfighter Boone Cutler. All Veterans, especially those vulnerable with Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury, are encouraged to attend and take the pledge.

Come meet Scott, absorb the exhibit, visit Post 171 (the Post will be open to visitors during the exhibit) and share your love for our brave men and women who have kept America safe for generations.

Hours of Exhibit: 6-9 pm, March 28/29. The exhibit will remain lighted during the night and will be on Post property during the day as well.

For more information on this project, the 13-State schedule and Scott’s other work visit: scottlobaido.com
For more information on the Fair Lawn exhibit, contact: American Legion Post 171, Phone 201-796-9667 or
Alan Krutchkoff, Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon (event co-ordinator for Scott LoBaido) at 201-566-3831 / PO Box 1111, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 / aasp.vet

Danny Prince is President of the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation, Director of Camp4Heroes in Fairmont, NC; and an Ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation.