Founder, MILSOLOS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Creator, Acrylic Warfare
VEGAS NONPROFIT CONTINUES THEIR SERVICE TO VETERANS, RAISING FUNDS FOR MENTAL HEALTH DOCUSERIES: A PROJECT TO SHOW NOT ALL WOUNDS ARE VISIBLE. Mental health with Veterans is an issue that the US has been dealing with for decades. Approximately 6,000 veterans die by suicide every year. The heart of this issue is that Veterans today are not connecting to eﬀective resources. According to a 2017 report from the Center for Disease Control, 18.5% of Nevadan deaths by suicide were Veterans. Recently, the City of Las Vegas, City of Reno and State of Nevada have joined forces and committed to a Governor’s and Mayor’s challenge to setforth by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal is to prevent suicide among at-risk Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) using a comprehensive public health approach.
Resilience in the face of adversity is a term Air Force Master Sergeant, Chris Jachimiec is too familiar with. He founded a peer-led outreach group to stop the cycle of suicide deaths among Veterans and their families. Being the ﬁrst of its’ kind, Jachimiec’s group Military and Veteran Survivors of Loved Ones to Suicide started after he lost his brother. Marine Corps Veteran Adam Jachimiec died by suicide in 2017 after his second tour to Iraq. Chris is now actively providing hope and healing to the families of those who died by suicide.
Former Las Vegas resident Christian Fazio experienced warfare in Iraq during his enlistment as a U.S. Marine; he has seen the destruction and violence of war ﬁrst-hand. After returning from war, Christian was aﬀected by PTSD like so many other veterans. While seeking relief and recovery from his condition, the lack of useful resources left him feeling frustrated and helpless. That’s when he began to paint. Though he stumbled into art by pure happenstance, it became a turning point in his recovery process, allowing him to express complex feelings and emotions in a therapeutic way. Since ﬁnding success in the Portland art scene, he has put himself out there to help other Vets connect back into community through art. His project, Acrylic Warfare was created shortly after a Marine Christian served with, Sergeant Major Parisi died by suicide in early 2018. Fazio said “I received the news about Sergeant Major’s passing during my battle with depression. Hearing that a fellow Marine that I looked up to had taken his life, left myself and so many others feeling hopeless. After a few counseling sessions, I felt the need to do something extraordinary; To honor him and the rest of my brothers and sisters that lost the battle to mental illness. And thus, Acrylic Warfare was born.”
Acrylic Warfare is a traveling art show that gives Veteran Artists and their family members a chance to be heard, promoting alternative therapy as a voice for change. Together, we can inspire others, ending Veteran suicide. Join us inside The Arts Factory (107 E Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89104), April 2nd from 6pm-9pm and April 3rd from 5pm-11pm
(Preview Thursday & First Friday) to help raise funds for a docuseries pilot. Christian will be joined by other Veterans who have personal experience and can relate deeply to the topic. Money raised at this event will fund the mental health pilot, focusing on identifying resources that provide Veterans with alternative support. 25% of all proceeds will go to local non-proﬁt, Military and Veterans Survivors of Loved Ones to Suicide. For more info on the Governors and Mayor’s challenge, please visit www.samhsa.gov/smvf-ta-center/mayors-governors-challenges