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Episode Info: Today's guest is a retired Army Combat Veteran after 24 years of service. After his time in the service he earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to continue helping Veterans and has received numerous mental health counseling awards for his work. He is the Founder & CEO of Veterans Counseling Veterans. I would like to welcome Ellsworth "Tony" Williams. ----more---- Hi this is your host, Pete Blum. Welcome to American Heroes Network! Our core mission is Serving the Brave Men and Women who have Sacrificed to Ensure our Freedom. You will hear true stories from those that have served, learn about Veteran organizations and resources, and gain hope for your future knowing American Heroes Network, your community, and other Veterans are here and at the ready to serve and help you and your family. We will talk about the hard topics like PTSD/TBI. You will also hear military history, inspirational stories, learn about networking with the community, and more. So come join us and be part of our family. Today's guest is a retired Army Combat Veteran after 24 years of service. After his time in the service he earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to continue helping Veterans and has received numerous mental health counseling awards for his work. He is the Founder & CEO of Veterans Counseling Veterans. I would like to welcome Ellsworth "Tony" Williams. You can follow Tony here Website: https://www.vetscounselingvets.org/LinikedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellsworth-tony-williams-4961b414/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vetscounselingvets/Twitter: @vetcounselvet  Tony thank you for serving and how are you doing today? I wanted to start out by saying that this topic is often one of the things that people don't like to talk about. Suicide is a huge issue but without communication, there is not awareness. I feel like we are blessed with the life we are given and we need to remember that life is our most precious gift. So today I am looking forward to you helping to shine some light on the issue so we can gain knowledge and awareness on what is being done and what else could be done. Topics So I saw that you started out as enlisted and then became an officer. What was that like?So tell me a little bit about what you did in the military. Transition from the military (easy or hard) You interned with VA? What was it that caused you to start Veterans Counseling Veterans?  Now I know you say Veteran suicide is a National problem with a local solution but when it comes right down to it are the numbers even right? They say 22 a day commit suicide but is it really higher or lower? I keep hearing that number is not right. VA VHA just released it's 2019 National Veteran Suicide Prevention Annual Report. It should have been titled "Revised National Veteran Suicide Annual report (2005-2017).At first glance it looks like Veteran suicide was reduced from 20 per day to 16.8 per day. Actually the...
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