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Texas marks inaugural Veterans Suicide Prevention Day

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 76.
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Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 76.

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The state of Texas is marking its inaugural Veterans Suicide Prevention Day at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 76 in San Antonio.

Key figures from the Texas House of Representatives Defense and Veterans Affairs Committee, Texas Veterans Commission, and Bexar County Veterans Service Office are scheduled to convene Friday to address issues related to veteran wellbeing, including mental health support.

Guests, including State Rep. Ray Lopez, Rep. Josey Garcia, and Donovon Rodriguez, will be recognized for their sponsorship of the VOICES of Our Veterans House Concurrent Resolution, which designated the day.

At 9:22 a.m., the Post 76 Honor Guard lowered the flag to half-staff to commemorate veteran lives lost.

“By dedicating a day to Veteran Suicide Prevention, we are making a solemn commitment that their struggles will no longer be unnoticed or unattended,” Lopez said in a statement.

He added: “It's a collective effort to change the course of despair into one of hope, understanding, and most importantly, it's a promise to honor their sacrifices, not only in times of peace, but also during the personal battles, they continue to wage within themselves.”

Lopez said he encouraged people to reach out to the veterans in their networks.

The Military Desk at Texas Public Radio is made possible in part by North Park Lincoln and Rise Recovery.

Carson Frame
Carson graduated from the University of Southern Florida in 2011 with a B.A. in English and International Studies. She earned a Master's degree in Journalism from New York University in 2017.