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.
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.