Veterans Suicide Resources

CASPER, Wyo. Suicides by veterans concern counselors nationwide, especially here in Wyoming.

We have the lowest veteran population, meaning resources are spread out and can be hard to find.

Vet Center counselors say some vets don't even know help is available.

"Before I came here, I found there were veterans who I didn't know, I would refer them to the Vet Center and they weren't aware we had a Vet Center here in addition to the CBOC. But I think that's slowly changing." Said Ken Guidry of the Casper Vet Center.

over 47,000 veterans live in the state, with many having to travel hundreds of miles for help.

One veteran at the Casper Vet Center has a mobile unit designed to help doctors and patients.

He says the job is easier because he can relate to what others experience.

"You look them in the eyes, and he's talking. And the way he talks and explains himself, sometimes those little red flags go up. And you can see and tell he needs help. And that's when I kick into second gear and I get a hold of a counselor. And I ask them would you like to talk to a counselor?" Said Budd Pitt of the Casper Vet Center.

A VA report released last year shows over six thousand veteran suicides between 2008 and 2016.

Counselors hope the work they do will help bring that number down.

There are two veterans centers in the state in Sheridan and Cheyenne.

Casper has an outpatient clinic for veterans as well.