CARROLL COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — About 22 veterans die by suicide every day in the United States, that's why one local nonprofit is working to bring a veteran's healing shelter to Carroll County.
On Saturday, Mary T Klinker Veterans Resource Center hosted a fundraiser for the future shelter.
Organizers want to provide resources beyond what you'd find in a state-run facility. The event was held at the old music hall in Culter township.
Mary T Klinker Chief Case Manager Christina Howard said they’re hoping to raise money to buy a facility in the Cutler area.
“We're looking for a place that's a little bit quieter outside of city limits,” said Howard. “We want to be able to incorporate some healing tools that are proven to work for veterans, maybe some equestrian therapy, blacksmith lessons, maybe some music therapy.”
The fundraiser provided live music, raffle prizes, food and fellowship to bring awareness about the cause. Howard said this fundraiser will help purchase the future veteran's shelter facility.
“It's all about being a part of the solution and lowering that suicide amongst veteran’s statistic because we just think 22 is too high,” said Howard. “We can't do it all by ourselves self but with a team, we can all kind of work away to chip away at that statistic.”
Howard said this facility would model its program after a the Eagles Nest healing center based in Minnesota. She says it has seen major success.
- A veteran resource nonprofit is working to combat veteran's suicide rate
- Local veterans resource center still fundraising for veterans shelter
- Resource officers working to combat e-cigarette use in schools
- Marine combat veteran kills 12 in California bar shooting
- Farming suicide rates on the rise
- Two veterans awarded with quilts
- Veterans Day festivities at Purdue
- Veterans appreciation luncheon happening Saturday
- New texting resource available for teens feeling stressed or suicidal
- Veterans gain critical business experience at Purdue