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Live Today – Put it Away! Community Panel Discussion Regarding Suicide Prevention & Firearm Storage

Three expert panelists, including gun shop owners, will share their experience and thoughts on why they advocate for this program and the need to bring awareness to our local firearm retailers.

The discussion, hosted during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, will center around lethal means, “Live Today – Put it Away!”, as research has shown that 70% of suicides of Veterans are by use of a firearm, and over 50% of suicides are not due to mental illness, but instead may be going through a divorce, job loss, or the feeling of hopelessness in a dire moment.

Veteran peers Mark Flower and Chris Swift from the Captain John D. Mason Veteran Peer Outreach Program will lead the virtual discussion with three panelists. Specifically, the panel will look at the program’s ability to offer safe storage outside of the home, as time and distance from lethal means during a crisis can save a life, as well as explore firearm owners’ opinions about how likely they are to utilize this service.

Below is the link to down load the presentation.

Live Today – Put it Away! Panel Discussion 9-1-21

Speakers: Chuck Lovelace, Steve Dorazio, and Bill Brassard, from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)


Sept 1, 2021,  Noon – 1:30pm

VISN 12 Mental Health Summit:

Be There For All Veterans

This virtual summit will feature a panel discussion and breakout sessions focusing on how to create a safe and welcoming environment for our diverse Veteran population. The event will look at what’s working, what isn’t and how best to improve access, outreach and engagement.

A panel discussion is 9 to 10:30 a.m., followed by breakout sessions 10:30 a.m. to noon. This event is hosted by the Milwaukee VA Medical Center.


Sept. 2,   2021  9 aM to noon

Sept. 11: 20-year anniversary of terrorist attacks

The War Memorial Center, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, Milwaukee, is hosting several events, including a morning ceremony, motorcycle ride to the 9/11 memorial in Kewaskum and the opening of a 9/11 exhibit.

In addition, Summerfest will host Military Appreciation Day program.


Sept. 11, 2021 8:30am

2021 Suicide Prevention Conference

2021 U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) / U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Biennial Suicide Prevention Conference

This year’s theme: Make Every Connection Count: Putting the 7 Strategies for Suicide Prevention to Work

Task Force Presentations on May 20, 2021

1. Overall review of the task force: 2021 DOD VA SP Conference Presentation SE WI VA task force on SP

2. 2021 DOD VA SP Conference Presentation Public Health messaging – advertising & earning media

3. DOD/VA  Conference: Stay in the Fight: When one of us is harmed all of us are harmed!


May 18-20, 2021

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is offering a free Suicide Prevention Training for Wisconsin Veterans and their family members. Participants will learn to identify someone who may be at risk for suicide, how to help someone in crisis, and how to care for the mental health of ourselves and our loved ones.  


Sign up for the LivingWorks Start and Talk Saves Lives Program.

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2020 VA Mental Health Summit: This virtual summit brings you presentations on wellness, stress management, mental health, emotional well-being for veterans, their families and employers, with stories from three veterans who found alternative ways to help them heal emotionally and a resource guide to help you find the assistance you might need.

This event occurred Fri, Oct 2, 2020, at the War Memorial Center in Milwaukee. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the event went virtual. We recorded all of the presentations and now have them here for you to watch at any time.

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