A new program will help identify Wisconsin veterans who might think of committing suicide. The Zero Veteran Suicide Initiative is sponsored by the state Veterans Affairs Department.
Twenty military veterans took their own lives each day throughout the U.S. in 2014, and almost one of every five suicides in Wisconsin that year involved a veteran.
State Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos says training is available for family members, non clinical nursing staffers, veterans’ organization, and others. They’ll learn basic steps to detect veterans contemplating suicide, and where to refer them for help.