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Community meeting to be held Friday

A soldier should be one of the most respected members of a community because they have pledged their life to protect yours. Anything a soldier needs should be provided for them.

Sadly suicide has become the tenth leading cause of death for military veterans in Arkansas and the rate is rising. The VA is asking for members of the community to help them combat this crisis and other issues our veterans face on a daily basis.

According to Peer Support Specialist Dale Schultz, CPS, the best way for the VA to know the needs within a community is to establish a community panel that consists of 10-15 people. The panel will decide what the needs of the community are, present them and the VA will help by standing with the panel to get the needs of the community met.

Life does not have to be so hard for our returning veterans and suicides can be prevented but it will take a joint effort of the community and the VA to get programs in place.

A Community Engagement Partnership Meeting has been scheduled for Fri., Dec. 7 beginning at 11 a.m. in the Ouachita Center of UA Rich Mountain.

The meeting has been planned by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Suicide Prevention Program and is open to all members of the community. Education, input from the community and a meal will all be included in the event Friday.

Schultz would like to thank Dean and Cindy Boyd and their team for cooking and serving the meal that will be provided during the event, the staff of Union Bank for sponsoring the meal, the UA Rich Mountain for the use of their facilities and all other members of the community that are helping to make this meeting possible.


For more information contact Schultz at 501-231-3129 or by e-mail at or Chris Short, CPS at 501-352-7626 or by e-mail at

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