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Local veterans remind everyone of service member suicides

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - More is being done to prevent veteran suicide. There is a group in the Pee Dee that is dedicated to helping support veterans.

As we celebrate our Independence, it’s important to remember that 22 veterans daily commit suicide.

 “There are 22 veterans, I want to repeat that…22 veterans that kill themselves a day," said Don Jones, Marine Commandant.

Jones wears a ring on his trigger finger to raise awareness about those 22 veterans who commit suicide every day.

Jones said while we are celebrating our nation’s independence, we should also remember those soldiers who suffer mentally after returning home from war.

“Veterans who have that…they want to talk. They want to talk to other combat veteran," said Jones, who is a member of the Pee Dee Area Advisory Council.

The group meets regularly to share and shed light on veteran’s issues and also to be a support for one another.

The vets meet the third Thursday of every month at the Florence County Library.

 “Everyone is welcomed, it does bring out a lot of anxieties,” Jones said,

If you have a service member in your family that you think would benefit from the speaking with other veterans, or if you want to get in the know about other veteran issues, you are encouraged to contact the Pee Dee Area Advisory Council.

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