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Don Young: Help a vet

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Congressman Don Young has posted a short video encouraging Alaskans to reach out to help prevent suicide among the military community. It’s apparently a growing concern for Alaska’s congressman and he’s using his bully pulpit to talk directly to Alaskans.

In March, Young sent a letter to the Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Nadja West, asking for an investigation into the increasing number of suicides among soldiers at Fort Wainwright.

“As the number of military suicides continues to climb in Alaska, it is clear that the battle is far from over,” he wrote. “Therefore, I request that you send [an Army Medical Command] team to Fort Wainwright to examine the situation on the ground and provide us and the installation with solutions for a path forward.”

Now, Young, who is an Army veteran himself, has turned his focus to the issue of veteran suicide:

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • I am a disabled veteran so why did you turn your back on me Congressman Don Young. My documentation was sent to your office and not a word from you to date.

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