JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The VA is on a mission to end suicide among veterans. 20 percent of the veterans who return from combat will experience symptoms of depression or other mental health concerns.
One former veteran, Don Malin, says he has been in their shoes and he wants to do everything he can to help save a life.
“You can take the veteran out of combat, but not the combat out of the veteran. They are struggling at home because of some of the stuff that they have been through, and unfortunately some of them take their own life and we try to help way before that happens,” says Mailin.
Suicide prevention coordinator, Brandon Dobson, has family in the military so he has a special place in his heart for veterans.
“Suicide is the tenth cause of death in the U.S. so working here at the VA with veterans who are in need of services because they are at a higher risk of suicide is something I really wanted to work with. They have served out country so we should serve them,” says Dobson.
Psychologist, Dr. Dinesh Miattal, tells us he wants to reach out to as many veterans in need as he can.
He says, “The good this is most veterans are able to manage stress themselves but some are not, and there is help for that."
He tells us, out of the 20 veterans who will commit suicide everyday, 14 of those veterans are not receiving care at the VA. He says it is more important than ever to get veterans the help they need, so they know they are not alone.
If you know a veteran in need of help please reach out to the Veterans crisis line at 1-800-273-8255 | EXT 1.