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Federal task force to help prevent veteran suicide

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(WBRE/WYOU) Earlier this month, President Trump signed an executive order creating a new task force to help veterans struggling with mental health.

The government estimates some 20 veterans a day commit suicide. Veterans here in our area want to put their boots to the ground and help. 

Retired Sgt. First Class Eric Darling from Lackawanna County hopes he can help with the task force. 

“Our hope is that they will be open-minded enough to look outside of academia,” said Sgt. Darling. 

This Friday evening at 6:30 Veteran’s Promise in Dickson City is holding a veteran suicide prevention night on the 22nd of year month. 

Below is from their FaceBook event page

Shine the light ceremony:

Mar. 22, 2019

6:30pm

Veteran’s Promise would kindly like to invite you out for a powerful night of Suicide Prevention and education on statistics of the effects of Suicide and Drugs and Alcohol in our veteran community. We will have guest speakers and testimonies of people with real life experiences. Veteran’s Promise also believes Advocacy is the key to helping solve these issues. The Shine the Light Ceremony gives the community a place to remember our fallen soldiers and brings awareness to help those in need.


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