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Florida Matters Preview: Veteran Suicide

Stephanie Colombini
WUSF Public Media
Florida Matters host Robin Sussingham (l) in the studio with two panelists from the show on veteran suicide, Chaplain Linda Pugsley and Carla Stumpf-Patton with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS.

The Department of Veterans Affairs has grown increasingly concerned about the rise in veteran suicides in recent years.

This week on Florida Matters we're talking about the impact these deaths have on comrades and loved ones, and what support is available to help them heal. It's the first episode in a special two-part program on this issue.

In this preview, Florida Matters host Robin Sussingham talks with Chaplain Linda Pugsley, a Vietnam veteran flight nurse and chaplain at MacDill Air Force Base, and Carla Stumpf-Patton with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) about the importance of veterans and loved ones learning how to tell their own stories.

I cover health care for WUSF and the statewide journalism collaborative Health News Florida. I’m passionate about highlighting community efforts to improve the quality of care in our state and make it more accessible to all Floridians. I’m also committed to holding those in power accountable when they fail to prioritize the health needs of the people they serve.
Robin is Senior Editor at WUSF, spearheading the station's podcasting initiatives and helping to guide the vision for special reporting projects and creative storytelling. She created The Zest, the station's podcast that's all about food, which she continues to host and serve as senior producer.