A suicide prevention event on Saturday is dedicated to the memory of a Topeka veteran who died in January.
The outreach event is a collaboration between the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System and Let’s Promote Hope.
The program will include remarks from Rachel Patterson, whose husband, Travis, died Jan. 27. Other speakers include Megan Jackson, widow of veteran Greg Jackson; VA Eastern Kansas suicide prevention coordinator Stephanie Davis; and spokesman Joseph Burks.
“This is a great opportunity to show support for this important mission, pay respect to two fallen warriors, but also share some laughs and spread the message of hope,” said Patrick Lynch, Let’s Promote Hope member.
The local chapter of the Combat Motorcycle Veterans Association also will participate in the outreach event.
“We just want to raise awareness,” said CVMA member Doug Mulqueen. “It’s an ongoing problem. We’re trying to address it by making friends and family aware. It’s not a far-off problem. It’s right here at home.”
The free outdoor event will include a car and bike show. Motorcycle staging will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Topeka Historic Harley Davidson. The Topeka Police Department will provide an escort to the VA. Cars may set up at the VA at noon. The Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs Mobile Outreach Vehicle also will be on site.
The public is invited to the event, which will be 1 to 4 p.m. at the gazebo area on the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center campus, 2200 S.W. Gage Blvd.