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Suicide prevention – be there

Sometimes suicide prevention is as simple as being there for the person who needs you most. The veterans in your life need you to be there for them, to have a cup of coffee with them, to listen to them, to talk to them in an encouraging, positive way, and to guide them to the resources designed specifically to help them.

During Suicide Prevention Week and every day of the year, we urge you to be aware of the veterans in your circle of family and friends that may be contemplating suicide. It is important to be able to recognize the signs and to know where to turn for help.

According to the Veterans Crisis Line, there may not be obvious signs that someone is thinking about suicide but there are actions (some very subtle) that may signal the person in your life needs help. Veterans in crisis may show behaviors that are warning signs, including:

  • Appearing sad or depressed most of the time
  • Hopelessness; feeling like there’s no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
  • Feeling as if there is no reason to live
  • Feeling excessive guilt, shame, or sense of failure
  • Rage or anger
  • Engaging in risky activities without thinking
  • Losing interest in hobbies, work, or school
  • Increasing alcohol or drug misuse
  • Neglecting personal welfare; a deteriorating physical appearance
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Showing violent behavior, like punching a hole in the wall or getting into fights
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Getting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, or writing a will

The following signs require immediate attention:

  • Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself
  • Talking about death, dying, or suicide
  • Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.

Organizations such as the Veterans Crisis Line and Veteran’s Passport to Hope are here to help. VP2H offers an online Resource Portal for veterans and their families, including a listing of resources for those who need immediate assistance.

Be there for the veteran in your life. Be aware of the signs. Be prepared to stop suicide.

 

Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1

VP2H Resource Portal: http://www.veteransresourceportal.com/

AAA Building Maintenance a valued VP2H supporter

AAA Building Maintenance has been supporting VP2H since the beginning. Its founder, Kyle Grivette, has also been involved with VP2H since the beginning and is now a key board member for the organization.

Kyle had been involved in the maintenance industry for many years when he started a company called Property Service Company of America, in Los Angeles in 1985. When Kyle moved to Colorado, he brought the company with him, in a sense. He purchased another small company and renamed it Property Service Company of America. Shortly afterward, he developed a partnership and formed an entirely new company.

AAA Building Maintenance was named, you guessed it, to be listed first in the Yellow Pages. At the time, industry listings in the Yellow Pages were crucial to growing a business. Many potential customers would look through the listings and decide to call the first one at the top of the list, which was AAA Building Maintenance!

Now AAA Building Maintenance is a multi-million dollar company, with over 100 people maintaining 100+ facilities on a daily basis. They are “doing some kind of work” for over 600 clients in total, Kyle says. They are focused on building maintenance, which can include janitorial and custodial services, construction cleaning services, and exterior maintenance.

Kyle’s business partner, Rae Harris, has been “a huge help with VP2H work” as well. Rae has helped put emails together, come to events, and has been very active with VP2H. Rae’s brother was in the first Gulf War and Rae shared many of his letters written from the battlefield. In Kyle’s words, it was “scary to read some of the things he went through.” Sadly, her brother was killed in an auto accident back in the states.

The company was a major sponsor for the Omni Financial Charity Golf Tournament, just held on August 24, benefitting VP2H. AAA Building Maintenance has also been a financial supporter of many other VP2H over the past six years.

AAA Building Maintenance focuses on “facilities, users, and their clients who value a clean and healthy environment.” Their website is www.3aclean.com. Check them out!

Board member Kyle Grivette is focused on helping veterans

When asked about his motivation to get involved – and stay involved – in Veteran’s Passport to Hope, board member Kyle Grivette responded immediately. “We live what we live because they do what they do.” Kyle believes that “we owe veterans more than a thank you” and lives that belief through his work with VP2H.

Kyle supports VP2H through his work with the annual golf tournament and a number of other events throughout the year. His company, AAA Building Maintenance, supports the organization financially as a sponsor for many of those events as well.Kyle Grivette

Involved with VP2H since the beginning, Kyle met founders Shane Schmutz and Dave Fingers in early 2012 and almost immediately became involved in the planning of the initial gala. He helped with the first three events the organization held, all of which were very successful. He is now in his second year as a board member for the organization.

Shane spoke with passion about veterans at the networking event where Kyle first met him. In Kyle’s words, Shane was “very intense and passionate,” inspiring Kyle to want to work with what he was doing for veterans. Through Shane, Kyle met Dave and then current president Patrick Wieland and current marketing chair Shara Hubert, all of whom were active in the initial stages of VP2H.

Although Kyle does not have direct military experience, he has family members who are veterans. His business partner, Rae Harris, had a brother who was active in the Gulf War. Unfortunately, her brother was killed in an auto accident back in the states, but Kyle remembers reading many of his letters about the experiences and challenges of active duty service overseas, in the battlefield. Kyle says it was scary to read some of the things he went through.

The most important aspect of VP2H for Kyle is helping the veterans that need the help, whatever that may be. He adds that “the number of veterans who attempt and succeed with suicide is mind-boggling.” It’s crucial to get help for them, through the organizations that support them. He recounts the story of a veteran’s family that could not pay their bills. VP2H was able to connect that family with a local organization that helped them through their crisis.

VP2H is heading in the right direction, Kyle says, particularly in regard to this type of cooperation among organizations that serve veterans. VP2H is a resource that connects veterans to those organizations that can give them the help they need. Kyle adds that veterans “do some of the most amazing stuff so we can live the lives we do. To not honor what they’ve done for us would be a shame.”