Summit To Focus On Vets Suicides

Apr 5, 2013

According to a study released in February by The U-S Department of Veterans Affairs an estimated  22 veterans commit suicide every day.

In Florida, one out of four suicides is committed by a veteran. 

Mayor Alvin Brown meets with local veterans and their supporters to announce this years veterans summit will focus on the veterans' suicide rate.
Credit Kevin Meerschaert

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown says the suicide rate among veterans is astounding. "I cannot - we cannot - stand by and watch this number tick any higher. These men and women are the defenders of our freedom. It's our responsibility to take action."

The summit will focus on how to raise awareness of the problem, its causes and effects, and how to learn the warning signs of suicidal behavior.

The summit will be held Thursday, April 11 from 10am to 2pm at the University Center at UNF.

UNF Military and Veterans Resource Center Director Ray Wikstrom says he hopes the summit will raise awareness in the Jacksonville community and, ultimately, contribute to finding local solutions to the problem.

The summit is open to the public but seating is limited. On-line registration is encouraged.