Ashland Silent Watch Raises Awareness For Veteran Suicide

  • 9/22/2019 12:18:43 PM
  • Ingrid Schmidt
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH- The 2019 Ashland Silent Watch is raising awareness for veteran suicide today at the Ashland County Building.

The event allows volunteers to stand in silence for 15 minute intervals to honor all of the veterans who have lost their lives to suicide.  Passersby of the Veterans Memorial at the corner of Main and Cottage Street will see participants standing watch over an empty casket and over 25 pictures of veterans who lost their lives to suicide.

Retired Master Sergeant, Tim Chandler coordinated the event.  He said that on average 20 to 25 veterans take their life each day.  The goal of the event is to help the community understand how important veteran mental health is and what they can do to help.

"When I came back home and a couple of my friends took their lives, we started this to bring about suicide awareness among the veterans," Chandler said.

Chandler said that in order to help a struggling veteran, sometimes all you have to do is listen.

"Be a friend.  Be a buddy. Be somebody they can count on and lean on, and somebody they can talk to," Chandler said.

The Silent Watch still has time openings left throughout the afternoon.  The watch runs until 5:30pm.

 

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