Beginning this fall young folks from around the country will amp up their voices with MTV’s Choose or Lose campaign. If you recall, young people proved to be the most inspiring demographic that participated in the 2008 presidential election. This year on November 2nd, the pivotal 2010 midterm elections will be held for 37 of the 100 seats in the Senate. The stakes are high in U.S. politics. Very high. Who will win and who will lose? Certainly not those inspiring young people that will represent at the polls for issues they care about like veterans rights.
Did you know?
There are more than 1.7 million veterans of combat service in Iraq and Afghanistan, most of whom are between 20-29 years old, according to the United States Department of Defense.
These same vets face many obstacles as they transition their way back into civilian life. Some veterans suffer from mental health illnesses like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, PTSD is the most prevalent mental health illness among current and veteran soldiers of the Iraq war.
In addition to confronting the effects of health-related illnesses, veterans are faced with the devastating reality of chronic unemployment. Our elected officials must create an effective pathway for our brave women and men to find jobs and stability upon returning home.
What can YOU do to help?
First log on to www.chooseorlose.com to receive more information about how you can mobilize your communities to take action during this year’s 2010 midterm elections. Then amplify your BRAVE voice and sign the The Bill Of Rights For American Veterans petition, which demands that our elected officials work to support our troops after war by providing proper health care, employment opportunities, and financial benefits.
It’s simple. This is your chance to make a difference in the lives of brave soldiers who cared enough to fight us. Just when you think you can’t can’t change the world with a click of the button, MTV and Choose or Lose are here to let you know that you can.
For more information about BRAVE and other MTV Pro-Social initiatives and campaigns, stay with us here at ACT or visit http://www.think.mtv.com.