Glasgow hosts veteran suicide prevention training

GLASGOW, Ky.- U.S. military veterans risk their lives to defend this country. Sadly, the dangers they face don’t end once they put away their uniforms.

Across the nation veterans are taking their own lives. Kentucky continues to rank among the states with the highest number of veteran suicides.

Congressman Brett Guthrie (ky-02) joined officials with the National Suicide Prevention to host a veteran suicide training at the TJ Health Pavilion in Glasgow on Wednesday.

Local law enforcement, healthcare professionals and suicide prevention advocates want to know how they can help prevent veteran suicides. It’s an issue that Congressman Guthrie has taken a special interest in.

For Guthrie, who is former military, the issue of veteran suicide prevention is also personal.

“As we learned today our veterans have a higher rate of suicide than in surrounding regions. I don’t think we know why that’s different, but it is different and we need to move forward and figure that out,” said Guthrie.

The national suicide prevention number is 1800-273-8255.