Veterans Group Promotes ‘Heroes at Home’ Barbecue and VSAP Run

The 8th Annual ‘Heroes at Home’ BBQ and 5th Annual Veteran Suicide Awareness and Prevention run, walk, RUCK is “Armed Forces Day”, May 15.

Anton Johnson, Veterans Outreach Program Specialist for the Missoula Vet Center, provided details about the upcoming event.

“It’s an annual event that we run out at the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History,” said Johnson. “It’s going to be May 15th, and we’re going to be starting at 10: a.m. It is in conjunction with our annual Veterans Suicide Awareness and Prevention Run.”

Johnson said the suicide rate among veterans in Missoula and all of Montana had been improving, but has increased in recent years.

“We were doing better for a couple years in a row, but it seems to have kind of gotten a little worse again,” he said. “I don’t know if that’s pandemic related or just trying to get veterans connected with the services that are existing and a little bit more of a difficult time, but we are seeing an uptick in veteran suicide. So, now more than ever, it’s important to get out into the community and really make sure those veterans are aware of what services are there to help them.”

Johnson described the VSAP

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