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Military and Veterans Suicide Awareness Day

It’s not just post-traumatic stress that veterans have to deal with when they get out of the service, it’s also adjusting to what most of us think as ‘normal’, and some vets just can’t do it. Today is Military and Veteran Suicide Awareness Day, and is being commemorated with an event at the State Capitol. Nevada County Veterans Services Officer Kevin Edwards says veteran suicides across the nation are being reported at an astounding rate…

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Edwards served in the United States Navy, and knows several people who have taken their own lives. He also deals with veterans who have trouble coping as part of his job with the county. While a lot of people think vets suffer ‘flashbacks’ or have nightmares about combat, Edwards says the trouble they have is because what they miss was good, not the experience was bad…

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Edwards recommends any veterans having trouble with civilian life make an appointment with counselors at Welcome Home Vets (272-3300) or call the Veterans Crisis Hotline (1-800-273-8255, and press 1).



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