Emily Domenech only planned to honor one person during her visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day: her late grandfather, John Domenech, a career Army officer who fought in three wars. But by the time the cemetery closed Monday, she had honored 60 fallen veterans at their gravesites, on behalf of families across the […]
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Thousands of people who had planned to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C., this holiday weekend were forced to cancel this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. That includes veterans traveling with the nonprofit network Honor Flight, which recently suspended all trips at least until this fall. “Our veterans that travel with us are still […]
The Florida Veterans Foundation has created https://helpflvets.org/ to help Florida veterans navigate during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
UCF RESTORES — a trauma clinic best known for helping veterans and first responders overcome PTSD — is offering an ongoing Facebook Live series starting Monday to help the public handle the stress of the current COVID-19 pandemic. “This is unprecedented in our lifetime — this kind of long-term, high-level stress,” said psychologist Deborah Beidel, […]
Last week, Robert Wesley, Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, hosted PD9’s 2020 Spring Training in Orlando, Florida. Videos of the presentations can be viewed below. PTSD and Application in Criminal Court from an Expert’s Perspective – Dr. Ryan Hall The purpose of this lecture is to discuss concepts of PTSD and […]
Attorneys with the Orlando-based law firm Morgan & Morgan joined Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Public Defender Robert Wesley Thursday to launch a nonprofit fund that would give bail money to low-income people who can’t afford to bond out of jail. Outside the Orange County Courthouse Thursday, Matt Morgan said his family will match […]
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 […]
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.
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