Local vets start 22 campaign

Published: Apr. 23, 2016 at 1:54 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 18, 2016 at 6:19 PM CDT
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Larry Jobe, Veteran and Event Coordinator
Larry Jobe, Veteran and Event Coordinator
The Texas Panhandle War Memorial
The Texas Panhandle War Memorial
Source: KFDA NewsChannel 10
Source: KFDA NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Each day, 22 American military veterans take their own lives. It's a shocking statistic, and one that Larry Jobe is trying to change.

The Army Vet wants to spread awareness about the high rate of suicide among our veterans.

"We need to take care of them," said Jobe. "Help these guys and let them know that they're not alone, they don't have to stand alone, they can get a hold of any vet we understand."

To spread his message, Jobe is starting a monthly campaign. Every 22nd of the month, he wants to gather up local veterans just to talk -- the whole point is to let veterans know they are not alone, and there is always someone to talk to about whatever hard time they might be going through.

"We all have our demons. Some of us have been able to face them and work through them and they don't have to go alone," said Jobe.

These first steps in the campaign has already hit home for many veterans.

"I personally had a friend who didn't understand what he was going through and couldn't get help through the V-A and through other sources," said Larry's son and veteran Derik Jobe. "He ending up committing suicide and taking his own life and that hurt, it hurt really bad he was a very good friend of mine."

Larry Jobe is pushing this cause and hopes this event will turn into a local program where more veterans will jump on board.

"Call somebody, because it isn't worth your life. If we can keep one guy from killing themselves, it's worth it," said Jobe.

The next gathering will be May 22nd. This event is not only for veterans but for AMS, fire, and police officials.

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