AMVETS Joins Forces With Objective Zero to Confront Veteran Suicide
By Objective Zero on July 16, 2018
AMVETS National Headquarters, July 13, 2018 – AMVETS has recently joined efforts with Objective Zero, a nonprofit organization that anonymously connects veterans to suicide prevention resources and a community of mentors, counselors, and veterans through a mobile application.
The partnership follows the release of a June 18 Department of Veterans Affairs report that analyzed veteran suicide data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. AMVETS launched its HEAL Program in March 2018 for the purpose of connecting veterans to the appropriate level and type of healthcare they need, which includes mental health services in many cases.
“We strive to help heal the whole veteran, whether it involves a broken bone, a diabetic condition, or a need for cancer treatment,” said AMVETS Chief Medical Executive Lana McKenzie. “But the invisible conditions such as depression, TBI, and PTSD, are often overlooked and become risk factors for suicide. We want to close the gaps in understanding and awareness by adding a new tool to our holistic approach.”
Founded more than 70 years ago, AMVETS has more than 250,000 members across the United States. The non-profit organization’s mission is to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably, including the National Guard and Reserve, and to improve the quality of life for all veterans, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.
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