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Town Council Resolution 23 2013TOWN OF SNOWMASS VILLAGE TOWN COUNCIL RESOLUTION NO. 23 SERIES OF 2013 WHEREAS, the sacrifices of our military volunteers, as well as those of their families and communities, continues to be willingly given to protect the freedoms we enjoy WHEREAS, this sacrifice results in loss of life and permanent physical -injuries for -many who -serve -and sign if icant -emotional,- m-e-ntal and-spi ritual -stress- for many more. WHEREAS, The United States is now losing more active duty military and Veterans to suicide than are killed in action. WHEREAS, Military and Veterans are five times more likely to die in a speed related vehicular accidents than civilians. WHEREAS, Veterans have an 88 percent failure rate during their first year in college. WHEREAS, with one active duty military service member dying from suicide every day and one Veteran dying from suicide every 80 minutes. WHEREAS, Purple Star Veterans and Families is petitioning The Office of The President of The United States for the immediate and long-term development of a viable homecoming preparedness program that can be used to help reduce fatalities among both veterans and active duty military personnel. WHEREAS, By raising 1 Million petition signatures nationally from Citizens, Veterans, Family members and Friends, Purple Star Veterans and Families will create a voice for homecoming veterans that does not currently exist. WHEREAS, Purple Star Veterans and Families goal is clear: to reduce the incidence of suicide, accident fatalities, divorce, child abuse and neglect, alcoholism, drug addiction, incarceration and homelessness among our returning military personnel, Veterans and their families. WHEREAS, The Purple Star Veterans and Families petition mandates 13-23 TC Reso Page 2 of 2 that the Department of Defense implement a comprehensive homecoming preparedness training program for all active duty personnel before leaving the military, create a standardized and readily available homecoming preparedness guide, and provide resources for families before welcoming their veteran home. 11, 11 11111 111 Jill 11 The Snowmass Village Town Council and the Town officially supports the efforts of Purple Star Veterans and Families to support Veterans and Active Duty Personnel and encourages the broader community to sign the petition and support this important effort. INTRODUCED, READ AND ADOPTED, on this 5th day of August, 2013 -by--the--T-own--Council--of--the Town- of -Snowmass Village, -Colorado- on -a -motion- made by Council Member Boineau, seconded by Council Member Butler, and by a vote of 5 in favor and 0 opposed. TOWN OF SNOWMASS VILLAGE Bill Boineau, Mayor ATT T: r' Rhonda B. Coxon, Town Clerk