The Mayor of Slaughterville is hosting an event for the mental health of veterans
Veteran’s mental health is a real concern. Many of them have to do with depression, PTSD, and other challenges.
Steve Easom is the mayor of Slaughterville and is also a veteran. Easom said he cares about veterans’ mental health.
The mayor plans to host an event on Saturday to bring veterans outside and connect with each other.
“The veterans out there lose an average of about 22 per day to suicide, and that’s why we want to have an impact on that,” Easom said.
The purpose of the event is to bring veterans together to build stronger bonds with one another.
Easom works with a group called The Fallen Outdoors. It is a national non-profit group that aims to get veterans out into the open and build military relationships.
“I got to know someone personally who posted on our site. He was so involved that he was pretty much a hermit, he never left his house, “said Tyler Haley, president of the local chapter for The Fallen Outdoors.
After a fishing trip with Haley, the man has managed his struggles and is now helping others with similar problems.
“The best way to do this is to take them not just for hunting and fishing. It’s about building that relationship, ”said Easom. “The relationship then provides an opportunity to talk about things that are really important.”
The day is for the whole family with food, clay pigeon shooting, a sixteen-target 3D archery class, a bouncy castle, and a cornhole tournament.
“Build relationships, get to know each other so you can be there because people you know are going through tough times,” said Easom.
The event is free of charge for participants and registration is not required.
For more information, please call 405.830.0151