Central Texas Heroes: Preventing veteran suicide

WACO, Texas (KWTX) September is Suicide Prevention Month and the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System is reaching out to help.

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The VA placed some important events on the calendar this month.

Sunday an event was held at Backyard Barbecue in Waco all aimed at identifying veterans who don't know about the resources available to help them.

The theme was "Find the 14."

Research shows of the estimated 20 veterans who die each day to suicide, 14 are not involved with the Department of Veterans Affairs for their health care, including counseling and

The next event is coming up Wednesday, September 26 at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center in Building 204.

The Suicide Stand Down is happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Veterans and their families are invited to learn about activities they can do together, from travel to camping to music.

There will also be information about healthy lifestyle skills, crisis management tools, and suicide prevention.

Dr. Michael Russell from the Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans, says people need to know help is only a phone call away.

"The crisis hotline, there is somebody waiting to talk to a veteran 24 hours a day 7 days a week when you call the Veterans Crisis Hotline. And the younger people, you can text. But there's always someone there to listen to you," he said.

Veterans can call the line at 1-800-273-8255, press 1.

You can also text 838255.

And you can also chat confidentially with someone online at VeteransCrisisLine.net.