St. Cloud VA Health Care System
Partner with VA to help keep Veterans safe
March 7, 2018
To help keep Veterans safe, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System is distributing free gun locks to Veterans and their family members, and invites area businesses, organizations and individuals to help distribute the gun locks. Additionally, the St. Cloud VA offers suicide prevention training and outreach to community groups concerned about Veterans.
For someone in crisis, a locked firearm can mean the difference between a tragic outcome and a life saved. Gunlocks are free and offered without condition. Veterans Crisis Line contact information is included with each gun lock.
Always take these simple steps to keep everyone in your family safe:
• Keep firearms locked and unloaded when not in use.
• Store ammunition separately from firearms.
• Regularly reassess steps to ensure safe storage and use of firearms, especially during periods of increased stress or emotional crisis.
There are a variety of actions everyone can take to help Veterans, Service members, and their families stay safe, especially in times of crisis. VA can’t end Veteran suicide alone—everyone’s help is needed. Contact Mary Jo Pine, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, via email at Mary.Pine@va.gov or (320) 252-1670 extension 6719 to arrange training and education and to obtain the free gun locks.
If you or a Veteran you know is in crisis, call the Veterans Crisis Line. The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.