Kansas Military Council Focuses on Surging Troop, Veteran Suicides

Former U.S. Army helicopter pilot Katrina Lewison expressed frustration Thursday with difficulty faced by civilians trying to break through the military’s firewall to sound the alarm about a family member who may be suicidal.

Lewison was approached recently by a frantic colleague at a Manhattan business because the woman was unable to reach her husband at Fort Riley and didn’t know what to do. Lewison, who earned a Purple Heart in Iraq and serves on the Manhattan-Ogden school board, reached out to Fort Riley contacts and a team was dispatched for a welfare check. The individual was found unresponsive, she said.

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