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“Buddy Check” to show support for veterans

Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 5:17 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Sportive Services for Veteran Families has a monthly event in hopes to bring a sense of community and understanding to veterans. On the 22nd of every month, Buddy Check invites veterans to come for a night of free pizza and soda at Godfathers pizza. Organizers said they chose the 22nd to represent the 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.

“Suicide among veterans is actually 50% higher than it is in the civilian population. Veterans aren’t going to be as comfortable seeking out help as civilians are so I think this connection with Buddy Check and everything gives them an opportunity," said Supportive Services for Veteran Families Case Manager, Carrie Gies, "Say hey here’s another vet they’ve been through the same stuff I’ve been through they’ve seen the same stuff I’ve been through.”

Organizers said they believe this benefits a group of individuals who face a stigma behind mental health in veterans. They want to create a safe and open space for veterans to talk about their experiences with someone who can understand.

“They understand each other and they can understand where each other come from. So I think it’s very important they have someone to talk to,” said Robin Schneider, Supportive Services for Veteran Families Case Manager.

They are thankful to have had their first in person meeting since COVID began as they have been doing these meetings through zoom. Organizers ask if anyone wants to donate to stop by their office. For veterans interested in receiving support to give either of them a call at 308-730-1405 and 308-730-7307.

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