This story contains the topic of suicide. If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-8255.
Three months after reports of malpractice at Reach Services surfaced, it appears the board of directors has done nothing in response. Multiple phone calls and emails to board members and administrators of the organization have gone unanswered.
Current board member Pam Deady did speak briefly but refused to answer any questions. Terre Haute Vice News started investigating Reach Services back in June, when a former employee drove to the company’s offices on Hulman street and took his own life in the parking lot.
In the wake of his death several current and former employees, and their family members spoke out about mistreatment and illegal practices. It was revealed that the Director of Operations had stolen from a client’s checking account and used their identity to take out personal loans.
Several of the former employees, including the gentleman who took his own life, were veterans who had previously received services from Reach. In subsequent interviews with former employees others expressed their contemplation of suicide during their time at the organization.
According to a recent story from multimedia journalist Emily Arnold, Indiana veteran suicide rates far exceed the national average for the general public. In 2019 veterans in Indiana took their own lives at a rate of 29.8 per 100,000 while the suicide rate for the general public was 18.
The article goes on to list several organizations helping to prevent veteran suicide such as Stop 22, Vets4Warriors, and the Veterans Crisis Line. Stop 22 has partnered with local animal shelters to train dogs as emotional support animals for veterans struggling with depression.