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Kerrville organization helping to prevent suicide among veterans

Together With Hill Country Veterans fashioned in Kerrville to concentrate on lowering the suicide rate, which was 2.1 occasions greater than non-veteran adults in 2015.

KERRVILLE, Texas — Suicide is a public well being concern more and more impacting veterans, particularly these residing in rural communities. Now a brand new program out of Kerrville is providing help and power for native veterans.

“Suicide, of course, is a major public health problem – that disproportionately impacts veterans living in rural communities. And it’s also preventable,” Susan Becmer, government director of Together with Hill Country Veterans, advised KENS 5. “Preventing veterans suicide is the top priority of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.”

The VA Suicide Data Report of June 2018 revealed that 2015 suicide charges among U.S. veterans had been 2.1 occasions greater than suicide charges among non-veteran adults.

Throughout September, which is Suicide Prevention Month, the group has been holding suicide prevention packages just about on Fridays for not simply veterans, however for households of veterans to allow them to be higher knowledgeable and search for indicators.

The final class is tomorrow, Sept. 25 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The focus is on what’s referred to as “QPR” (Question, Persuade and Refer).

The group has adopted an eagle mascot, which as Becmer explains, is symbolic.

“Sam was found abandoned in an empty office at the armory, currently the Hill Country Veterans Center (HCVC). There was a huge crack that went from the base to the head that was several inches wide,” Becmer mentioned. “I wanted to restore him because he had purpose.”

Becmer discovered a resident woodcarver who relished the chance to work on Sam. Becmer mentioned the outcome was transformative.

“Sam is refurbished and majestic,” Becmer mentioned. “The parallel is TWHCV seeks to find veterans at risk and, through community support, the veteran can restore their esteem/purpose and return refurbished and majestic.”

TWHCV operates from an workplace on the Hill Country Veterans Center, situated at 411 Meadowview Lane, in Kerrville. The workplace is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday by way of Friday, and could also be reached by calling (830) 315-5012.

Future occasions are within the planning phases and will probably be introduced on the organization’s Facebook page. They will embrace outreach to veterans and veteran organizations, extra suicide prevention coaching periods, group consciousness packages and manufacturing and distribution of printed supplies.


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