November 9th, 2018, state, community and national leaders will convene to celebrate the expansion of Lines for Life’s work with the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL). Lines for Life supports the VCL in meeting the needs of veterans in crisis nationwide as the VCL’s sole back-up call center. This is a significant expansion of Lines for Life’s Military Services, which includes the Military Helpline, funded by the State of Oregon.
US Senator Ron Wyden recognized the potential of Lines for Life and played a key role in the expansion opportunity.
“This expansion provides an opportunity for veterans in Oregon and nationwide to receive the highest level of service and support during a crisis,” Wyden said. “I’m proud to have helped Lines for Life extend its essential work for veterans and their families needing timely and top-notch assistance to prevent substance abuse and suicide.”
Senator Ron Wyden will provide remarks and be joined by Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, and Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran. Veterans Crisis Line Director Dr. Matt Miller and Dr. John Draper of the National Lifeline will also be in attendance.
The Veterans Administration established the Veterans Crisis in 2007 as a special service for those who have served in the armed forces. Since VCL’s launch in 2007, counselors have handled over 3.5 million calls. The VCL works closely with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL). Last year, Lines for Life was selected to serve as the VCL’s “Ambassador