The Power of Collaboration

 “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.” Vince Lombardi, NFL Football Coach (5 NFL Championships, 2 Super Bowls)

Suicide is one of society’s most complex problems, especially suicide as it relates to veterans and their families. Service members and veterans die from suicide at rates greater than their non-veteran counterparts. This problem, while difficult and multifaceted to say the least, is not insurmountable.

On December 6, Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services gathered organizations dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of veterans and their families at the Angel Force USA “Stop SuiSilence” Summit.

The summit focused on finding solutions to SuiSilence, Angel Force USA’s term highlighting the lack of discussion around veteran suicide and the lives impacted by veterans taking their own lives. Attendees committed to tackling the issue head-on in an effort to combat and ultimately bring an end to SuiSilence.

Throughout the summit, Dixon Center’s partners, Utility Workers Military Assistance Program, FourBlock, Vets4Warriors, Hope for the Warriors, PsychArmor, Dept. of VA, Veterans Plus, and K9s for Warriors presented solutions built on the eight dimensions of wellness – solutions aimed at increasing the wellbeing of veterans and their families and preventing the isolation and disconnection that precedes suicide.

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Dixon Center Partners Making a Difference! (from L to R: Rick Passarelli, UMAP; Eric Stetson, FourBlock; Joshua Zabler, Vets4Warriors; Erin Lester, Hope for the Warriors; Tina Atherall, PsychArmor; Derric Brown, Dept. of VA; Sam Whitehurst, Dixon Center; Chris Fitzpatrick, VeteransPlus; Damion Cook, K9s for Warriors
Colonel Sam Whitehurst, Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services addressing the Angel Force USA Stop SuiSilence Summit