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Department of Veterans Affairs Rallies Community Support for Veterans during Suicide Prevention Month



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ANCHOR LEAD: For some Veterans, life events such as divorce or the loss of a loved one, or the transition from active service to civilian life, can be especially difficult. That's why it's so important to pay attention to a loved ones' mood and behavior during these vulnerable times. Brian Osuch has more on what family and friends can do and the support that's available to Veterans. (:60) SCRIPT: Newsbreak, I'm Brian Osuch. September is Suicide Prevention Month and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or (VA) is encouraging everyone to use The Power of 1 to support Veterans in crisis. Dr. Caitlin Thompson is the VA's Deputy Director in Suicide Prevention and she says it just takes one person, one conversation, or one act of compassion to open the door to support. CUT: (Dr. Thompson) Talk with the Veteran, that's the most important thing … really saying, I'm here with you, lets talk through this and lets figure out what the best resources are for us to get you to. SCRIPT: And that's where the VA can help … CUT: (Dr. Thompson) The VA has the largest integrated suicide prevention program in the country. We also have the Veterans Crisis Line, which is at 1-800-273-8255, and you're going to want to press 1 for veterans. We also have a veteran's chat service, which you can find at veteranscrisisline.net. As well as a texting service, which is at 838255. SCRIPT: For more, go to VeteransCrisisLine.net. That's Newsbreak from the VA.
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