Utahns provide help for veterans with mental illness

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By Megan Marsden 

In a state with 170,000 veterans, there is a large need to help those struggling with mental health issues that may have resulted from their service.

With 22 veterans committing suicide each day across the country, the Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs (VMA) and other groups are working hard to change that number, Gary Harter, executive director of the VMA, said.

“It’s a loss to everybody when those things occur and unfortunately we hear it way too often,” Harter said regarding the suicide rate.

The VMA works to determine veterans’ needs and connect them with services that can help them, including mental health services.

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