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Florida Matters Preview: Veteran Suicide

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Stephanie Colombini
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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.

Stephanie Colombini joined WUSF Public Media in December 2016 as Producer of Florida Matters,WUSF’s public affairs show. She’s also a reporter for WUSF’s Health News Florida project.
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.