On Veterans Day, Planning for A System of Support

Veterans represent close to one in every five suicides in the United States. Research suggests that rural veterans are particularly at risk.

That’s why the RHC program is planning to help build supports for veterans in Colorado’s Eastern Plains. The Veteran Health Connector is part of a new partnership with Together With Veterans, a project focused on preventing suicides among rural veterans.

Starting in December, the Veteran Health Connector will form a community coalition focused on suicide prevention for veterans in a region that encompasses 10 eastern and northeastern Colorado counties — Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma, Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, and Lincoln. She’ll also help assess the area’s needs and assets in order to create a roadmap for Eastern Plains communities and veterans as they strive to prevent suicides.

Read more about the veterans and suicide prevention in this post from the Colorado Health Institute.