MAY 25, 2023

No Wires on Monday, May 29
In observance of the Memorial Day weekend we will not be distributing any of our services on Monday, May 29. We will resume our normal distribution schedule on Tuesday, May 30. If you have important news to distribute prior to the holiday weekend, it should be submitted by 5p.m. Eastern on Thursday, May 25.
Beretta is pleased to announce that Team Beretta skeet athletes achieved two gold medals at the recent 2023 USA Shooting Shotgun National Championship held at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI.
Hornady congratulates sponsored shooter Bennie Cooley for his performance at the Defiance AnTi Social NRL Hunter Match, May 20-21, 2023, in Belt, Montana.

Telum Tactical announced it will attend the 2023 BLADE Show in Atlanta, Georgia. Featuring over 1,000 exhibitors, the world’s largest knife show is scheduled for June 2-4 at the Cobb Galleria.
Celerant Technology recently wrapped up its 19th annual client conference in Marietta, GA. With today’s digital explosion, this year’s conference focused heavily on helping gun shops and ranges adapt a complete digital strategy to be more competitive, and expand business across all retail channels.
KOR Cases announces a brand ambassador partnership with Kristy Titus and her Pursue The Wild series. KOR Cases builds technologically advanced firearm storage and transportation systems for outdoor enthusiasts.

MDT Sporting Goods Ltd. announces the launch of the new MDT Black GRND-POD. With the classic black look, MDT's most affordable bipod is available to match your bolt-action or AR platform rifle.
CrossBreed Holsters expanded its light-compatible EDC lineup with two holster options designed to fit the new Sig Sauer P365-XMACRO 9mm with the Streamlight TLR-7 SUB.
The DeSantis Veiled Partner holster is now available to fit the GLOCK 19, 23, 32, 45, 19X, 19 Gen 5 with or without pistol mounted optic and with a Streamlight TLR-7/A.

With several lines of successful and progressive improvements, the Honey B is introduced by Bond Arms. This “B” has a sting, coming in multiple caliber choices. With firepower for everyone, options are offered in .22LR, 9mm, 380, and 38 Special.
Breakthrough Clean Technologies has developed a premium suppressor cleaner to address the difficult task of keeping suppressors, muzzle brakes, compensators, and flash hiders clean and in proper working condition.
Ed Brown Products, Inc. is celebrating Memorial Day by offering a 20% discount on their 1911 and M&P parts and accessories with promo code MEM2023W.

As the U.S. Department of Defense weighs whether to take privately owned guns from contractors and members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Pete Hegseth weighs in.
Gallery of Guns announced a special Gallery of Guns LIVE event with Colion Noir.
A new NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll released Wednesday shows an “alarming disregard by Democrats for the Second Amendment,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.

After careful review, the Civilian Marksmanship Program has presented 114 scholarships to outstanding junior marksmen through the CMP Scholarship Program for the 2023-2024 school year.
Mission First Tactical announced their annual Memorial Day Sales Promotion. Make an MFT purchase of $150 or more and receive a free MFT 12 oz. can cooler. Also, MFT is offering 25% off select MFT Wallets and Drinkware.
Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc. announced an extraordinary promotional opportunity in honor of Father's Day. From May 26 to July 4, 2023, customers purchasing a new POF-USA firearm will receive a complimentary optic or a set of four magazines, allowing them to enhance their shooting experience.

HatsanUSA, the exclusive distributor of ESCORT Shotguns, offers a gas-operated, semi-automatic shotgun in both 12- and 20-gauge, with a 3" magnum chamber.

I’d received a contact recently from a media outfit about preventing veteran suicide. The piece, to be run in time for our observance of Memorial Day, had to do with “Check A Vet” and its mission to raise awareness about and prevent veteran suicide.”

The email went on to note that a recent report showed that veteran suicides could be double the amount federal officials estimate. The “undercount” could be due to deaths accounted to drug overdose, as well as “service record errors.”

Check A Vet is 501(c)(3) – tax exempt – organization focused on creation of peer support groups for vets, their families, and friends. Like any suicide-prevention effort, Check A Vet works with mental health experts and the medical community. The aim was a program like Alcoholics Anonymous “without the 12 steps.”

Veterans need a place to communicate openly about their experiences and emotions. The emergency services are only recently moving into peer counseling models; the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing plan being used more by some elements of emergency services (fire and ambulance) and less by others (police, hospital emergency departments). This could be more due to the ongoing and continuing mission of police and ER staff as opposed to the “awaiting calls for service” departments.

When it’s military assets, they are in the extreme stress of the runup to battle, the actual engagements, and getting ready for the next operation until they are relieved. Then there’s little enough time for showers, hot chow, mail from home and gearing up to go back in; traditionally there’s no ‘critical incident debriefing.’

Their service life is the critical incident.

Still, talking to those in like circumstances in an atmosphere where confidences will be held helps to decompress.

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Check A Vet is served by former Acting Defense Secretary Christopher C. Miller as Vice President and CW4 (retired) Michael R. Carmichael as President and Founder. Carmichael had 22 years in Special Forces. According to the release, he “is now devoting his life to preventing veteran suicide through Check A Vet.”

It’s an awesome task, requiring someone who won’t give up.

As to the mission, the release states “Chief Michael Carmichael exemplifies his generation of veterans who are not relying on the government to solve problems, but who are instead committing their lives to generating local solutions – “Veterans-helping-Veterans.” Not a high-ranking former officer with bountiful resources and a network of supporters, Chief travels America generating awareness and creating a community of veterans, families and citizens committed to outcomes.”

We wish CW4 Carmichael and his group great success. Whether the actual loss numbers are 17 veterans per day – or the estimated 44 vets per day – one is far too many.

It’s appropriate to concern ourselves with veteran suicides as we approach Memorial Day. According to the website, “Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.” I would argue that our people who die well after their service due to the mental stressors of that service have “died in service of the United States of America.”

We need to stop the bleeding. Reach out to your fellow vets. “Check the oil.” Make sure they’re okay.

Go to Check A Vet for more information.

-- Rich Grassi

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