TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Suicide Awareness Month rounds out the month of September. A black cloud topic that effects millions each year, and a select group of those come from veterans who lay their lives out on the line for our freedoms.
On average, 22 veterans commit suicide each day, but here in Twin Falls, the Department of Veteran Affairs is combating the issue to help provide veterans with services they deserve.
One of those is Joining Forces, a joint task force of resources available to veterans in Twin Falls County.
"All of the Veteran Services we come together every Tuesday, every third Tuesday of the month and we talk about some of the needs of the community, some of the needs of some of the veterans we are helping. If there's any other help that I might not have the knowledge but this other veteran's organization would have the knowledge,” Veterans Service Officer Calvin Armstead said.
Another resource is the Crisis Center of South Central Idaho which is open 24/7, 365 days a year.
The center is available to anyone, and veterans should know this is a safe place they can go.
Often a misconception is that Veteran’s Affairs only effects the city of Twin Falls but it is a resource for all of Twin Falls County.