COLORADO SPRINGS – According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, 20 current or former service members die of suicide every day. Those with Mt. Carmel said the Department of Veteran Affairs had a higher rate of veteran suicide in Colorado than the national average.
Retired Army First Sergeant Timothy Gore lives in Colorado Springs and retired in 2005 after 20 years of service. During his service he helped counsel soldiers on mental health problems. “Actually, I had a person I thought I could help with, who I probably didn’t work well enough with, and he actually committed suicide. Life, that could still be here … It never goes away, you live everyone Day with that, you always question yourself, especially in a management position where I was, so to speak, responsible for advising this person a little more, if I had paid a little more attention, had listened a little more, had been a little more active, life would have been still been here. So, there is a void in this life and you feel that person with you, ”said Gore.
To raise awareness and raise funds for veteran suicide prevention, Gore will run 250 miles through the North Dakota Badlands as part of the Maah Daah Hey Buck-Fifty MTB Race on September 18. “Representative of the challenge veterans face when dealing with thoughts of suicide or wanting to go to counseling, PTSD whatever it is, right. Because it’s unsupported. There’s nobody out there to tell which path they’re going you have to find out. ” off, “said Gore.
Gore intends to raise $ 50,000 through the run, which will be donated to the Mt. Carmel Advisory Services. Gore used Mt. Carmel for his own mental health. “When you step into Mt. Carmel, you don’t get ignored … you really got it to the point, so we covered the sexual abuse and my time as a drill sergeant and my … time in battle … You know the truth is in there, that you are worthy of being of use to other people. They pull that out, “Gore said of the advisors on Mt. Carmel.
Those with Mt. Carmel said they see about 150 veterans a week for their counseling services but still have a waiting list. Gore hopes this fundraiser will provide the resources everyone needs to have access to care.
Gore said that not many people do this run because it is extremely difficult. “None of this is supposed to be easy, except that it should be easy to get advice,” said Gore.
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