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Head of local vets council wants to see more help for those leaving active duty

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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - The Chairman of the Manatee County Veterans' Council is anxious to see more benefits to service members transitioning from the military to civilian life in an effort to decrease veteran suicides.

"It's more than just battle situations, it's also the families totally disrupted.  The first 12 months is crucial we get support out there," said Carl Hunsinger who retired from the Air Force.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order earlier this year for more counseling programs, but Hunsinger says he's still waiting.

"It's long overdue. This executive order will identify the need to develop programs but doesn't mean we have something actually working yet. It took 3 years to get a veteran ID card, so I'm interested if the VA will put as much resources and attention on this.  It's very important the mental health of these veterans is taken care off," he said.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.  

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