COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — Reducing the number of veteran suicides in El Paso County is the goal of a new pilot program created and funded by Colorado state lawmakers in 2021.

It is called Next Chapter.

“The name ‘Next Chapter’ implies that there’s more to be done,” says Damian McCabe.

McCabe, an army veteran himself, is the Director of Behavioral Health and Military Affairs at UCHealth and helped to establish the Next Chapter program.

The campaign’s first commercial is already airing, featuring a veteran and his service dog.