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Take the Life Pledge

three soldiers walking together

U.S. Air Force photo/Justin Connaher

In this Article:

  • Take the Life Pledge to promise to seek help in a time of need and be there for your battle buddy.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Line at 800-273-TALK if you need to talk to someone.

You are not alone.

The Army National Guard understands that sometimes life can be difficult. You may face challenges in your physical, financial, and spiritual life as well as in your relationships.

As part of the Army’s Risk Reduction Campaign plan, Army National Guard director Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy is encouraging all Soldiers to take a “Life Pledge” to support each other during tough times.

The Life Pledge is a pact between you and your battle buddy. It says you won’t give up and will reach out to your battle buddy when you’re having a hard time. It is voluntary, but commanders at all levels are encouraged to share the pledge with their units.

LIFE PLEDGE

Make a pact with your battle buddy to support each other.

PRINT THE PLEDGE

“We fight for our brothers and sisters to our left and our right,” Kadavy said. “We don’t let our team down. We don’t leave our team and we don’t leave anyone behind.”

Talk to your commander to learn more about the Life Pledge. If you are feeling helpless, hopeless, or like there is no way out, please reach out for immediate help by calling 911 or the Military Crisis Line, also known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-TALK (8255). Counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you, and all calls are confidential.

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