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Hamilton County organizations working help veterans get the services they need

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Posted at 7:01 PM, Apr 24, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-24 19:01:06-04

Hamilton County — A push is underway to raise awareness about veteran suicide and encourage people to come together to stop it.

“We want to promote safety to those who are in a suicide crisis,” Kristen Ludeker-Seibert, director of coordination for Healthier Hamilton County Systems of Care, said.

That's the goal of the Governor's Challenge, a national challenge that extends to mayors across the country to implement measures to reduce veteran suicide.

Now, a Hamilton County non-profit is joining in that fight.

“We want to connect that audience to the resources they need, no matter the level of need they have,” Ludeker-Seibert told WRTV.

A group of veterans and their families started Stronger Veterans Stronger Communities Coalition with a goal of putting resources in the hands of vets.

For Ludeker-Seibert, the mission hits close to home. She says her father was in the U.S. Navy.

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“It was very interesting to look back on my life and say, 'That wasn’t normal, it was my dad’s PTSD,'” Ludeker-Seibert added.

In a county home to more than 13,000 vets, the organization say it's an important thing to do.

“We can only serve our community if we know what our community needs," Ludeker-Seibert said.

The organization is hosting a resource fair for vets in July, but say they hope more vets will seek assistance from the VA even if they don't think they need it.