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Congressman Higgins Announces $750,000 for Veteran One-stop Center

Federal Funding Supports Veteran Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced that the Veteran One-stop Center has been awarded $750,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to support initiatives preventing suicide and addressing mental wellness in Veteran populations. 

“The U.S. military commits to ‘leave no one behind’ on the battlefield and we must make that same commitment to our Veterans when they come home. This grant honors that commitment,” said Congressman Higgins. “This award expands opportunities for the Veteran One-stop Center to serve and support Veterans across the region.” 

The award is provided through the Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program which supports community-based suicide prevention efforts supporting Veterans and their families. The Veteran One-stop Center is one of just 80 organizations sharing a total of $52.5 million in federal funding awarded nationwide.  

The Veteran One-stop Center will use the grant for a variety of services ranging from mental health screening and peer support programs to recreational opportunities and linkages to benefit assistance. The Center supports Veterans through the SSG Fox SPGP and other vital programs living in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben, Wyoming, and Yates Counties. 

“The SSG Fox Suicide Prevention Grant Program is a vital program we are proud to administer in 12 counties in Western New York and beyond. If you, or a Veteran or military family member that you know, is experiencing difficulties, trauma-related symptoms, or needs emotional or mental health support, we’re here to help,” said Veterans One-stop Center President and CEO Adam Howard. 

According to the 2022 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report, which analyzes data between 2001 and 2020, there were 6,146 veteran suicide deaths in 2020, a decrease of 343 when compared to 2019, but still far too many Veterans lost.  

Additional national efforts are working to reduce the rate of Veteran suicide. A “Don’t Wait. Reach Out” public message campaign encourages Veterans to seek help online through  The new suicide crisis line also provides support specific to Veterans when callers dial 9-8-8 and press 1. 

For more information on the Veteran One-stop Center visit or call 716-898-0110.