Regarding National Volunteer week...This letter is a bit slow in its arrival to honor our Curry County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council’s Veterans Task Group’s work along with all those who volunteer.

Collectively, veterans, their families and their supporters are one of the most productive groups of volunteers in the country and around the world.

So, thank you to all who continue in service to others beyond their military service and the family members and citizens who pay it forward to others.

This begs the question - how can we as a community “pay it forward” to veterans and their families for their sacrifices? Here is a suggestion:

As you may or may not know, Curry County has a high suicide rate among our veterans. Our Curry County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council’s Veterans Task Group is hosting and presenting special QPR Suicide Prevention trainings for veterans and family members (May 7th, 11-1) and community providers, Law Enforcement and First Responders QPR (May 14th, 11-1). Please consider saying “thank you” and “pay it forward” to our veterans by attending one these free virtual suicide prevention trainings. For more information on how you, your family members or organization can participate in the “Pay It Forward Movement,” please leave a message at 541-412-1224 and we will call you back with details. Or, check out Wild Rivers Veterans Forum’s Facebook page for a flyer (or Curry’s CHIP Facebook page or our Curry County Suicide Awareness and Prevention Council’s Facebook page).

Or feel free to email Connie.Hunter@outlook.com. We can bring flyers and posters to your workplace upon request.

Thank you for honoring our volunteers and especially those who have served our country honorably and the loved ones who have made sacrifice, too. Our community can help save lives!

Connie Hunter

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