Syracuse doctors and nurses honored for work with Veterans

Syracuse doctors and nurses honored for work with Veterans

Local doctors and nurses at the Syracuse VA Medical Center are being honored for their efforts to put an end to Veteran suicide.

Many times war Veterans suffer from post traumatic stress disorder or depression, and these workers are going above and beyond their duty to help those that served our country.

Its an honorable day for those ten staff members who just received the Legion of Honor Award.

Veterans nominated these doctors and nurses for their selflessness and dedication in their work with Veteran suicide prevention.

For the VA hospital, their goal is to get suicide rates in Veterans down to zero. On a national level, about 20 Veterans a day commit suicide.

These eight nurses and two doctors receiving this award make it their mission to identify those most at risk of suicide and work with them to set a plan of personal goals.

One nurse explained that these Veterans risked their lives to protect our country and now its his job to help them.

"Sometimes I think it's a little like from a religious perspective mother Theresa taking care of the sickest of the sick because the mentally ill are probably the most ignored sector of our public and just to serve them and do your best and give them the best care that you can from a religious perspective is what we were put on this earth to do," Russell Burlingame, an RN that received the award said.

Other nurses at the medical center have also willingly gave Veterans shoes or clothes, the necessities some take for granted. They view it just as their job, but other say its going above and beyond.

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