BOISE -- On Tuesday, a day of remembrance and reflection, the Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center also wants to use this day as a catalyst to open communication between veterans and the community.

The VA partnered with Boise State University Tuesday night, to host a difficult conversation about veteran suicide.

Not only did guests hear from a panel of doctors, but also an Army veteran who has personally struggled with suicide.

There's a lot of information about these subjects, but we're trying to bring in that veteran perspective and kind of give that real life perspective of what it's like to deal with these kind of issues. I think that's the most valuable for people when they're learning about this, said Josh Callihan with the Boise VA Medical Center.

This is the second in what organizers hope are many open forums between veterans and civilians.

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