Veteran Suicide Prevention
Southern Alabama AHEC (SAAHEC) is working with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to prevent Veteran suicides in Butler, Conecuh, Covington, and Crenshaw Counties.
SAAHEC recently received a grant from the VA to support its mission through the Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program (SSG Fox SPGP), a three year program that provides funding to community-based organizations with innovative ideas for preventing Veteran suicide.
SAAHEC plans to provide outreach, education, baseline mental health screenings, assistance obtaining VA benefits, and assistance with enrolling in VA healthcare.
Information on the SSG Fox SPGP can be found at www.mentalhealth.va.gov/ssgfox-grants/.
A Life Honored
SSG Fox SPGP honors Veteran Parker Gordon Fox, who joined the Army in 2014 and was a sniper instructor at the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Known for a life of generosity and kindness to others in need, Fox died by suicide on July 21, 2020, at the age of 25.