Sheridan VA and participating bars are asking residents for something big

The Sheridan Veterans Affairs Health Care System has announced that Sheridan bars have joined together in an important battle—they are helping the Sheridan VA in a “Big Ask” campaign to end veteran suicide.

According to the Sheridan VA, in 2020, an estimated 44,298 adults died from suicide, including 6,146 veterans. The veteran suicide rate, adjusting for population age and sex differences, translates to 57.3% greater than for non-veteran U.S. adults. Unfortunately, less than half of the veterans who die from suicide have reached out to the Department of Veterans Affairs for help.

“We want to be a resource for veterans, especially those in crisis,” Sheridan VA Health Care System’s Suicide Prevention Program personell Kayla Stevens said. “However, the most important part to us is that veterans get help. That’s why we have this ‘Big Ask’ for our community members.”

The “Big Ask”

Bars throughout Sheridan are now sharing special beverage coasters with information about this #ReachOut2Me community campaign. The coaster, provided by the Sheridan VA team, includes the veterans Crisis Line and information about it—particularly that it’s a resource for anyone who is concerned about a veteran. The “Big Ask” is a request that patrons also use the coaster in a personal social media post to share the message that if any veteran in their circles ever needs someone to reach out to they can “reach out to me.”

Sheridan Veterans Affairs Health Care System Public Information Officer Kristina Miller, made the initial announcement while appearing on Sheridan Meida’s Public Pulse program.

  K. Miller  

According to Stevens, training is available to community members through state and county offices, which anyone can research further by clicking here. Stevens emphasizes that the knowledge learned from the training is important for any resident of the Cowboy State, not just for those concerned about a veteran. Wyoming’s suicide rate is consistently higher than the rest of the U.S. According to the Wyoming Department of Health, in 2021 the Wyoming suicide rate was 31.1 per 100,000, compared to the national rate of 14 per 100,000.

Sheridan organizations with bars taking part in this campaign, as of Oct. 14, are: VFW Post 1560, American Legion Post 7, Beaver Creek Saloon, Blacktooth Brewing Company, Derby Club Gaming Parlor, Elks Lodge #520, Firewater Smokehouse Grill, Luminous Brewhouse, The Mint Bar, My Buddy’s Place, No Name Bar, Rainbow Bar, Smith Alley Brewing Company, Pony Bar & Grill, Powder River Pizza, Tasting Library, McGregor’s Bar & Grille, Welcome Market Hall, Wyoming Rib and Chop House.

The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is now reachable by dialing 988, with the veterans Crisis Line available by then pressing “1”. 

This updated number went into effect nationally July 16, but the former number (1-800-273-8255, press “1” for Veterans Crisis Line) will continue to be active indefinitely. Anyone concerned about a veteran can also text 838255 or visit for resources or a live chat.


  1. Hopefully bars across the country will start to participate. And hopefully the VA will step up and improve health care and help for our veterans so this stops happening.

    • Jea May- We have actually heard from multiple communities outside of Wyoming, through some of our VA counterparts, who are interested in this campaign. So far, we’ve heard from folks in Oklahoma, Tennessee and Washington.

  2. Myself being a Veteran and living in Sheridan 14 years having had only the best VA service. I can tell you Sheridan VA truly CARES about our Veterans. This amazing collaboration will build momentum and give light to those in need. Thank you & God Bless!

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