Veterans

June is National PTSD Awareness Month, and the only dedicated center on the First Coast working to help local vets with post-traumatic stress (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) is putting out the call for support.

The 5 Star Veterans Center provides local veterans with transitional housing and a Pathways Program for successful re-integration into society.

www.honorflightthemovie.com

It's an incredibly moving film, and one that's actually now in the record books.

Honor Flight is a documentary about communities coming together to show their thanks to living World War II veterans, before it’s too late.  The film dramatically shows volunteers racing against the clock to fly every local WWII veteran they can to the WWII memorial in Washington, DC.

Kevin Meerschaert

Two Jacksonville-based Camp Montford Point Marines were honored with Congressional Gold Medals at City Hall today.

Camp Montford in North Carolina was a segregated base where African-Americans Marines were trained from 1942 to 1949.

Approximately 23,000 were trained there. Many served in Europe and the Pacific.

Legislation to honor Camp Montford Marines was signed into law in November of 2011.

This year’s City of Jacksonville Veterans Summit will focus on the growing problem of veterans’ suicides.

According to a recent U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs study, an American veteran commits suicide once every 65 minutes in this country - about 22 per day.

Here on the First Coast, about 25% of the population is either active or retired military, so this is a serious public health and policy issue.

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