A veteran resource nonprofit is working to combat veteran's suicide rate

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.

Posted: Oct 5, 2019 10:06 PM

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.

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