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May 16, 2024

Veterans Inc. receives $356K in funding for suicide prevention initiatives

A man in a green baseball cap and a man in a white button down wear masks reach for yogurts in containers in a top open kitchen refrigerator. Photo | Edd Cote Veterans Inc. provides food security services for 2,400 clients annually.

Veterans Inc., a Worcester-based nonprofit, has been awarded one of the largest cuts of $2 million in grant funding to 15 community organizations promoting suicide prevention among the Massachusetts veteran and servicemember community.   

Funding for the grants is available through the Veterans Community Initiative Grant program, according to a Wednesday press release from the Executive Office of Veterans Services. The grants follow recommendations from a report by the Veterans Reintegration Advisory Committee, a council consisting of private and nonprofit stakeholders working to investigate and analyze the different aspects of veteran reintegration into civilian life, according to the VRAC’s website.

"We are wholeheartedly dedicated to empowering our servicemembers, veterans and their families with comprehensive support across Massachusetts," said Jon Santiago, EVOS secretary in the release. "This funding strengthens the backbone of our veteran community by expanding crucial peer support networks and broadening our suicide prevention efforts, ensuring that we meet the evolving needs of our veterans with precision and compassion.” 

Veterans Inc. received $356,170 in funding to bolster its suicide prevention efforts through the organization’s mobile outreach centers through Central and Western Massachusetts. 

Established in 1990, Veterans Inc. suicide prevention initiatives include outreach and mental health screenings to those at risk of suicide, case management services, and community education regrading suicide risks and prevention, according to the Veterans Inc. website.

In addition to its suicide prevention efforts, Veterans Inc. provides a number of veteran support services including employment and training programs, substance use treatment, and housing assistance. 

The organization reports having served 100,000 veterans with an 85% rate of transitioning veterans out of homelessness.

In addition to its six New England locations, Veterans Inc. serves Montana and North Dakota, providing veteran employment and training programs and support services for families. 

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