Suicide is a major public health problem. In fact, it is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States...US service members and Veterans are not immune to this statistic. The effects of war are not just physical. Although suicide awareness and prevention efforts are ongoing, the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has named September national Suicide Prevention Month. The theme of this year's Suicide Prevention Month is "It Matters."
This race is an opportunity for all of us to show Veterans, their families, and the entire military community that THEY matter. Approximately 130 people joined us for the Inaugural event last year on September 7, 2013. Please come join us for the second annual Alive and Running VA (Battle Creek) event, where together we will do our part to raise awareness of the epidemic of suicide.