This Military Times podcast examines the alarming suicide rate among military and veterans, and provides new insight based on research and effective clinical and peer support practices in suicide prevention. The podcast will be hosted by Duane France, a retired Army veteran, writer and mental health advisor, and Shauna Springer, psychologist, writer and nationally recognized expert on initiatives for the benefit of the military community. The goal is to go beyond awareness and identify actionable strategies that can impact the rising suicide rate among service members, veterans, and their families.
About this week’s guest
Amy Taft is the wife of retired Navy Chief Chief Petty Officer Ward Taft. They have two girls together and live in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Taft is the founder of the Third Star Foundation, an organization that provides ongoing support to children who live in a home with a veteran or service member who has suffered an injury or wound while serving. Taft founded the organization after watching her own children go through drastic behavior changes after their father returned home from battle with a moderate brain injury. Her goal is to enable children to meet other peers who have a common experience and give them the tools they need to express their feelings in healthy ways. Taft also aims to raise awareness of child suicide and the devastating effects of isolation on children.
Taft was a class teacher outside of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for seven years and currently serves as the Senior Director of Education for the COMMIT Foundation. Taft was also part of the GW Bush Institute’s first veteran stand-to-leadership program. To learn more about the Third Star Foundation, email [email protected]
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