Suicide among military veterans has become practically an epidemic in the United States. In Tucson, a new program is aiming to help vets and reverse the scenario.
“Each day we lose more than a dozen unsung heroes to suicide," says Dan Ranieri, president and CEO of La Frontera Arizona. "Sadly, nearly 20 percent of all suicides in our nations involve individuals who have served our country honorably in the military services. It will take a community-wide effort to turn the tide on this growing epidemic.”
La Frontera Arizona, through a grant from the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services and in partnership with the Arizona Coalition for Military Families, has launched a campaign called Rally Point to help win what they are calling “the war at home," the toll that drug and alcohol abuse, post-traumatic stress and depression can take on our returning service veterans.
A unique aspect of the Rally Point program is the number of veterans who are involved, particularly as hotline operators trained to provide information and services to those in need.
Veterans experiencing difficulty with relationship issues, stress, employment, housing or general loss and hopelessness are encouraged to call the Rally Point hotline toll free at 1-855-Rally4U (1-855-725-5948) to speak to a fellow veteran who can help with resources, referrals and camaraderie.
The program also offers veterans and their families information about the warning signs of suicide and advice on helping veterans to persevere in times of crisis.