As noted in a recent U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs press release, a growing concern for the military, families and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is the increasing numbers of veterans’ suicides.

“The VA recently partnered with the nonprofit Objective Zero Foundation to help connect veterans with suicide prevention support and resources.

“The partnership … provides a shared goal of preventing suicide among service members and veterans, with a special focus on service members transitioning out of the military.

“Objective Zero offers a free mobile app that instantly and anonymously connects veterans, service members, their families and caregivers to suicide prevention resources and a nationwide community of peer supporters via text, voice and video chat. The foundation enhances social connections among veterans and improves access to mental health and wellness resources.”

In the press release, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said the organization’s partnership with Objective Zero works “to prevent veteran suicide by using an approach that looks beyond traditional health care settings” and connects them to services near “where they live, work and thrive” while also creating a closer working relationship with the veterans.

The VA announced its health care providers will now offer the newly approved Spravato nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression. This reflects the VA’s commitment to provide the best health care for our nation’s Veterans.

Remember, the CPN Veterans Organization meets every month on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall on the Potawatomi Powwow Grounds. All CPN and spouse veterans and their families are welcome. A meal is provided

(Thank you)

Daryl Talbot, Commander