Community walks for veteran suicide awareness - KWES NewsWest 9 / Midland, Odessa, Big Spring, TX: newswest9.com |

Community walks for veteran suicide awareness

Walkers wear the number 20 for the number of vets who take their lives a day (Source: KWES) Walkers wear the number 20 for the number of vets who take their lives a day (Source: KWES)
MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) -

With September being Suicide Awareness Month, local veterans and members of the community walked at the Chris Kyle Memorial in Odessa this weekend. It was all part of a campaign to raise awareness for veteran suicide. 

The Midland Vet Center, the West Texas Veterans Administration and the Military Partners Coalition let the community know that suicide isn't the answer. The number of veterans who take their lives everyday dropped from 22 to 20 veterans. 

They're hoping the walk is one of the many ways they can help keep that number down.

"We can't stop it," said Outreach Coordinator LeAnne Thornton. "We have found the statistics where the large majority of vets who take their lives haven't registered with their local VA. So the VA didn't know about them and didn't know they were having difficulties. One thing is to ask to be registered with your local VA."

If you or someone you know suffering, contact the West Texas VA at (432) 263-7361.

Copyright 2017 KWES. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly