Veteran Suicide Mortality Review Team

In the United States, veterans face significantly higher rates of suicide compared to the general population. This trend is particularly pronounced in Arizona, prompting a pioneering response: the creation of the Veteran Suicide Mortality Review Team. This initiative, the first of its kind nationally, underscores a profound commitment to understanding and preventing veteran suicides through case review and analysis. Nicola Winkel, Project Director for the Arizona Coalition for Military Families, serves as Co-Chair.

Addressing the Disparity

The Veteran Suicide Mortality Review Team is tasked with a sensitive yet crucial mission—to closely examine veteran suicide cases in Arizona. The team identifies common threads and contributing factors, ensuring the veteran is respected and honored. The insights are important guideposts that help enhance risk reduction strategies, suicide prevention recommendations, and bolster support systems.

The work of the Veteran Suicide Mortality Review Team is a testament to the idea that suicide prevention is not solely the responsibility of any one person or entity; it demands a community-wide effort. You can each participate as an individual and through the organizations you are connected to.

 Here’s how you can be a part of connecting service members, veterans and their families:


If you have questions or want to learn more, email or call 866-4AZ-VETS (866-429-8387). 

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Special thanks to the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family for their partnership and support.

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