Veterans Affairs official to view New York-based crisis line

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) — A Veterans Affairs official will visit a crisis line based in upstate New York as part of the military’s suicide prevention efforts.

Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan Gibson is scheduled to visit the Canandaigua VA Medical Center on Thursday. The hospital houses the Veterans Crisis Line, which provides around-the-clock assistance to veterans from around the nation.

Authorities say the 800-number has been dialed 1.3 million times since its inception in July 2007, and that more than 240,000 callers have been forwarded to local suicide prevention coordinators.

September has been designated as Suicide Prevention Month.

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