Texas veterans utilize safe space, band together for suicide prevention

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After proudly serving three years in the Army and nine in the Air Force Reserve, Sandra Desjardins remembers leaving the military feeling anxious and alone.

“suicide rates among active military personnel and veterans of the post-9/11 wars are reaching new peaks.”

“We’re offering them [veterans] all of the resources that they need to be the healthiest, best version of themselves,” Desjardins said. The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors in Killeen, Texas. She says high military suicide rates are triggered by a number of things, such as difficulty returning to civilian life.

“When you’re in the military, you kind of have a strict schedule. You know when you’re working out, when you’re going to work, when you’re getting off. So if you’re not doing that anymore, your health could fall by the wayside,” Marzette said. “They [veterans] fit right back into society because we’re with them,” Rhoades shared. “We understand them.”“As they [veterans] go through the transition, they realize that their best days are ahead of them and not just behind them.


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