Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen to Lead New White House Task Force to End Veteran Suicide

Founder and President of Give an Hour, Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen has been named the Executive Director of the Task Force to create the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS).

​​​The Board of Directors of Give an Hour, a national nonprofit that provides free mental health services to those in need including our service members, veterans, their families and other at-risk groups, is proud to announce that the White House, in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has appointed Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen to lead the PREVENTS Task Force. The Task Force was created by President Donald Trump’s Executive Order signed earlier this year.

Based on current reports by the Department of Veterans Affairs, 20 veterans die each day by suicide and a report released by the Centers for Disease Control in 2018 indicates that suicide overall has risen in the United States over the last 25 years. The PREVENTS Task Force will create a comprehensive national “Roadmap” that will weave together efforts by the Federal Government with state, regional, business, nonprofit, faith-based, academic and community efforts.

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