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New partnership hopes to chip away at veteran suicide numbers

By: Tony Peck
February 27, 2018 Updated: February 27, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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The seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, The Gazette file)

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that it would partner with the Cohen Veterans Network to bolster support for veterans with mental health issues.

The partnership will pool agency resources with the Cohen Veterans Network, a nonprofit that focuses on providing mental health support to veterans with post-traumatic stress, according to their website.

The end goal of the pairing is to lower the number of veteran suicides.

“With 14 out of the 20 veterans who take their own lives per day not engaging VA care, partnerships such as this help those Veterans, as well as their families, receive care where they live,” explained Veteran Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin in a Tuesday release.

Over the coming months, the two groups will discuss possible future locations for Cohen clinics in areas where veterans don’t have access to mental health care, according to the release.

The release also stated that Cohen employees will now receive military culture training and suicide prevention training from the agency.

Cohen is set to open a new family clinic at the University of Colorado at Anschutz Medical Campus in early 2018, according to their website.

“This partnership will help us save lives by getting care to Veterans faster and, therefore, preventing suicides,” said Cohen CEO Anthony Hassan in the Tuesday release. “We are excited about partnering with VA and advancing the field through innovative clinician training initiatives and public messing.”

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