Second Lady Karen Pence takes part in roundtable to prevent veteran suicide

Second lady Karen Pence speaks at the National Press Club about a campaign to raise awareness on the risks of veterans suicide, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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On Friday, Karen Pence visited a Veteran Affairs medical center to promote suicide prevention. While speaking at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, she highlighted efforts to stop suicide among military veterans.

The second lady was joined by acting Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Pamela Powers.

She also delivered remarks on the use of art therapy for veterans.

“I decided, you know, as second lady, I’m going to champion art therapy for all the different populations that it works with, but especially with our vets. You don’t know me, you’ve never met me. You don’t know Deputy Secretary Powers. Yet, here you are. You’re going to tell your story to us, you’re going to share your art with us. I’m an artist, and I know that means a lot when you share your art with someone.” – Karen Pence, Second Lady

The pair also visited a military spouse and veteran owned business, which specialized in wigs for veterans and cancer patients.

This came after veteran trust in the VA reached 80%, a 19% increase from 2017.

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