MASON CITY, Iowa - The Cerro Gordo County Veteran Affairs office is partnering up with the Veterans Crisis Line in order to prevent Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related deaths.
"After coming back from a deployment, especially in a war zone, they might be more prone to suicide," said Jonathan Dean.
Post-traumatic stress disorder can impact anyone, particularly those who serve our country. In hopes of combating the statistic, the Veterans Crisis Line surprised the Cerro Gordo County Veterans Affairs office with a special package.
"We had no idea what they were and we were to give them out to veterans that come into our office, whether they are looking for a gun lock or just coming and they own a firearm just for that extra protection for them and their family members," said Lauren Heuberger.
Since its launch in 2007, the crisis line has helped over 3.5-million veterans.
"It's a toll free number and it is always there if we aren't here in Mason City, Iowa, or not able to go down to Des Moines. It is there for veterans who are in need of support and someone to talk to," Heuberger added.
Dean says the distribution of these locks is beneficial, especially for those who may not be able to afford one.
"If they're giving out the gun locks, that's a good thing for people that want them or need them," said Dean.
If you or someone you know is interested in getting one of these locks, you can stop by the Veteran Affairs office at the Cerro Gordo County Court House.
For more information on the Veterans Crisis Line, you can visit VeteransCrisisLine.com or call 1-800-273-8255.