December 3, 2022

Governor Whitmer Announces $1.2M Michigan Investment in Veteran Suicide Prevention

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Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer via the Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer via the Michigan Executive Office of the Governor

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced a large investment to help prevent veteran suicides in Michigan. The investment, coming in at $1.2 million, is the largest of its kind in the Mitten, according to the Michigan’s governor’s office.

Governor Whitmer made the announcement with Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) Director Zaneta Adams this week.

“Veteran suicide remains a persistent problem in Michigan and nationwide, and we must use every resource and tool we have to protect the lives of our former service members,” Governor Whitmer said. “Today’s investment will expand funding for suicide prevention efforts in Michigan and build on the ongoing efforts of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to keep veterans and their families safe and healthy.”

According to the state, the MVAA will work with businesses and organizations to help veterans access resources by directing them to the MVAA’s hotline at 1-800-MICH-VET.

“I will work with anyone to ensure that they have high-quality mental and physical health care and economic and educational opportunities,” Whitmer said. “Let’s keep delivering for our veterans and their families.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline by texting or calling 988.

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