Syracuse VA

Syracuse Agencies Partner to Prevent Suicide

Sep 11, 2017
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The Onondaga County Suicide Prevention Coalition is using the occasion of Suicide Prevention Week to partner with the Syracuse VA to raise awareness about how the community can help save lives.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and in Onondaga County, 58 people committed suicide in 2015.  Syracuse VA suicide prevention coordinator Sabah Ocasio says says suicidal thoughts may begin due to events in people’s lives.

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Volunteers at the Syracuse VA Medical Center say if it wasn’t for the service they provide through the Disabled American Veterans, many would never make it to Syracuse for medical care.  For the trained Volunteer Drivers are dedicated such as Dana Squire, the chance to serve transport them is an honor.

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Navy veteran Sonny Carelli wanted to make something clear right off the bat at Friday’s ribbon cutting of VanKeuren Square on E. Genesee St. in Syracuse.

"This is not a halfway house, this is not transitional living.  This is our home.  You screw up here, make the landlord angry, she'll kick you out.  Don't pay your rent?  You'll get kicked out."

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Syracuse veterans will have a chance to get a line on jobs, improve their health, and practice their bowling this Saturday. The V-A sponsored event is geared toward veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn in Iraq and Afghanistan.