Badge 713 scholarship will help veterans, first responders and others pay for mental health services

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – A new scholarship fund will help first responders, veterans and others in eastern Iowa pay for mental health services. The Badge 713 Mental Health Scholarship Fund is named after the badge number of a former police officer and Cedar Rapids Army veteran who lost his life to suicide.

With the help of Honor and Respect and Covenant Family Solutions, Amanda Langfitt and her family created the scholarship in memory of her husband.

“I know what it’s like to love someone who isn’t feeling well. And I also know what it’s like when the tables are turned and you just don’t feel right. He ended his life in 2016, ”Langfitt said.

The scholarship will help pay for mental health care for first responders, veterans and others.

Covenant Family Solutions CEO Dr Jacob Christenson is a veteran himself.

“It’s just a huge mental health issue for the people who have served and that includes the first responders, the veterans. We see people in their worst days, ”Christenson said.

Covenant Family Solutions will help provide therapy to those who receive the scholarship and Honor and Respect helps raise funds for the cause. Founder Ron Slagle is a police officer and Air Force veteran determined to fight mental health.

“We believe that God has a part in this mission. And we think that we are just workers on this earth and for it to fully manifest itself, we are very happy to see how we can help, ”Slagle said.

The hope is that cost will not be a factor in a person getting the mental health care they need. For Langfitt, that means seeing her husband’s legacy of helping others live.

“He would be excited, he loved serving his community, so yeah I think it’s good to pay it forward,” she said.

Those wishing to donate to this effort can do so through Venmo: @ badge713 or on the Honor and Respect Site.

Those in need of services through the scholarship can contact Covenant Family Solutions at 319-200-5166.

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