Normally in life, people get a second chance after screwing up only once. Jorge Ramon Hernandez got a “ ‘second’ second chance,” as a federal judge told him on Thursday, when she cut him a sweet break on his prison sentence. Twice convicted of importing and dealing the club-drug Molly, Hernandez was sent to prison […]
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Florida veterans with immediate medical questions or concerns can now reach a professional for free, 24/7, through the Clinical Contact Center, a telephone hotline or video chat. The service is funded by the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network, or VISN 8, and available to all veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ website. Read more.
Some of the variants associated with anxiety had previously been implicated as risk factors for bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. The new study further contributes the first convincing molecular explanation for why anxiety and depression often coexist. Read more.
Eva Viruet has been to rehab before. She’s also spent more nights in jail than she’d like to admit. But her time in Seminole County’s Accepting Change Through Treatment, or ACTT, program — a hybrid between inpatient drug rehabilitation and incarceration — has been something different. Read more.
State Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen is pushing legislation aimed at helping law enforcement locate missing veterans. The Fort Myers Republican filed the legislation (HB 1051) Monday. The bill creates a voluntary “Camo Alert” registry which would maintain information regarding at-risk veterans. Read more.
U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis and Charlie Crist want Florida’s help battling veteran suicides. The Clearwater Republican and Tampa Democrat sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis asking that Florida medical examiners start tracking veteran status for suicide victims. “When local medical examiners take over death investigations in cases of suspected suicides, they do not necessarily investigate whether the deceased is a veteran,” the […]
A judge refused to set aside a jury’s recommendation that Everett Glenn Miller be executed for killing two Kissimmee police officers, after his attorneys argued Friday jurors were given a “defective” verdict form and instructions during the trial. Last month, a 12-member jury unanimously recommended a judge should sentence the 48-year-old Marine Corps veteran to […]
Chuck Coma tried to lie still in his hospital bed. But there was a spasm in his chest, like something inside was fighting to get out. “It says here you had an injury in 2016, and you’ve been jerking since then. Are there any triggers?” the technician asked, wrapping a tape measure around Chuck’s head […]
For more than nine months now, a group of volunteer UCF medical students have been giving free hepatitis A shots to the homeless in Orlando. Once a month, on a Tuesday evening, they set up their portable tent and a few tables at the corner of a church parking lot in downtown Orlando and triage […]
“Keep your fingers straight and off the trigger. Do not point the rifle at anyone you do not intend to shoot.” That’s Roman Baca, a U.S. Marine Iraq War veteran. But he’s not speaking to the company of soldiers he led during his tour as a sergeant in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, Baca is instructing a […]
PD9’s very own Steve Graves has published an article on this history of Veterans Day. The article can be downloaded here.
This week, U.S. Rep Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., announced $1 million is headed to the University of Central Florida (UCF) to further help veterans recover from PTSD. The federals funds, which come from the Army, will go to UCF RESTORES, an innovative program in which veterans suffering from PTSD are in an intensive, three-week outpatient program. Read more.
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