HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The head of Montana's Veterans Affairs program says expansion work at several clinics and other construction projects could help keep veterans get care closer to home.

Dr. Kathy Berger said in Helena this week that the program plans to expand a clinic in Missoula in 2022 and add more services, including dental care and prosthetics. The Great Falls Tribune reports that the program also plans to remodel empty buildings on the Fort Harrison military base in Helena to act as housing for homeless veterans.

Berger also told people gathered in Helena that the program is focused on preventing suicide by veterans, with plans to hire more staff focused on mental health services. She said the number of veterans who attempted to kill themselves has gone up this year.