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BRISTOL, R.I. (WLNE) -- A Bristol non-profit that helps prevent veteran suicides is branching out to the wider community.

They are sending postcards to every home in Bristol, in an effort through the Matthew Patton Foundation and Bristol's Health Equity Zone, which is funded through the health department.

The foundation is named after a Bristol resident who took his own life while in the army.

On the postcard there's a link to a wellness survey that takes a couple of minutes to fill out.

"To get their input on what they feel are strengths and gaps in our community, how much they feel it's easy to get resources to support themselves, and how easy it is to connect with other people in the community," Matthew Patton Foundation President Lynn Patton said, "This program to find out what Bristolians need is going to be helpful so that we can provide the services that are not there already."

Paper copies are also available at the Bristol Library and town hall.

Bristol is being used for the pilot program in hopes to bring this survey to more cities and towns in Rhode Island in the future.

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