A bill to increase mental health funding for law enforcement officers has passed the U.S. Senate.

Funding for a clinic to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans and Pulse first responders has been cut from Florida’s budget.

Firefighters are three times more likely to die from suicide than to die in the line of duty, according to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

An Orlando police officer diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after the Pulse shooting has been ordered back to work.
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This weekend a 5k/10k run and walk for post-9/11 veterans, service members, and their families will take place at Jetblue Park, to support the more more than 5,000 veterans living in Southwest Florida.


The event is organized by Home Base, an effort to help heal the "invisible wounds" of war like post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury through a a unique health and fitness program for the 230,000 post-9/11 veterans in Florida. The organization also offers vets a "warm hand-off" to other clinical care options in the region. The program is a partnership with the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital.