Dozens apply for positions at new veteran crisis call line in Topeka

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Dozens of people showed up Thursday, hoping to help veterans in crisis.

The Dept. of Veteran Affairs hosted a job fair to staff its new veteran crisis call center on the Topeka VA campus. The crisis line handles calls from veterans who are contemplating suicide or harming themselves.

The VA is looking for applicants who have crisis live experience or a Master's Degree in a Health Science, such as mental health, social work and psychology.

One employee of the Atlanta location says you would do more than answer phone calls - you would save lives.

"We're losing 20 of our veterans everyday to suicide and the importance of this, the importance of not only having someone for them to talk to, anytime, any day, holidays, weekends, nights, but also getting them connected with the VA and getting them the support they need in the long term combined with our short term support," Garrett Dickinson said, the Team Operations Coordinator in Atlanta.

The job fair runs ended at 6 p.m. Thursday, but you can also apply online by clicking here.