Martinsburg VA Medical Center takes strides in suicide prevention, hosts mile long walk

West Virginia

The Martinsburg VA Medical Center hosted a walk Wednesday morning, taking strides toward bringing awareness to suicide and prevention. 

Veterans and the community showed up in full force at the VA Medical Center, taking steps toward suicide awareness and prevention. 

“My brothers son Jeff retired from the army for 23 years and he still cries every night,” said Robert Moore, a U.S. Marine. 

Moore says he and his family still struggle with the death of his brother after 40 years. Others like Eric Ohler still carry around his brother, Ralph Ohler’s memory. He received the purple heart for his service in the U.S. Army. 

“They say it’s PTSD, but it’s survivors guilt,” said Eric Ohler.

Experts in the forefront say suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. 

“It takes just one of us to save someones life,” said Jill Finkle, Suicide Prevention Coordinator. 

Over 200 people joined in on the mile long walk in Martinsburg in honor of a loved one who fell victim to suicide.

“It means a lot, somebody cares. You have to care to do something like this,” said Frances Destefano, a veteran at the VA Medical Center. 

If you or anyone is experiencing suicidal thoughts, you’re urged to contact the National Suicide Hotline at (800) 273-8255 and press one. You can remain anonymous. 

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