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SULLIVAN COUNTY, N.Y. -- A roundtable discussion focused on bringing veterans advocacy groups together with elected officials to create a coalition that combats the high number of suicides among soldiers and veterans.
Experts from the Veterans Health Alliance of Long Island featured at the forum say nationwide, 22 veterans per day commit suicide. The director of the Sullivan County Veterans Service Agency says he frequently counsels veterans battling tough economic realities. He even described some veterans in the county as visibly miserable.
The hope is that if veterans groups from across the Hudson Valley work together, they can eventually form a unified effort to better understand and tackle the issue.
"There's a big emphasis on homeless, well, we deal with the near homeless every day. People who are struggling to pay their rent, keep heat in their homes, have enough gas in the car to go to work and somehow they get forgotten," said John Crotty,Veterans Service Agency Director.
"After listening to folks talk in this room, veterans often talk to other veterans and as a layperson, I just needed to have more information," said Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.
Gunther says gathering veterans advocates to learn their needs ahead of the budget process is critical.