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Updated: 03/05/2018 09:06:02AM

Project 65 strives to prevent veteran suicide

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PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

Kevin Woods, U.S. Navy veteran from Texas City, Texas, displays the dog tag he carries to remember Steven Brinneman, a war veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, who took his own life in 2008. Woods, who started the Veterans Suicide Prevention (VSP) Project, makes dog tags for veterans lost to suicide.

PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

A clock at Saturday's Project 65 event on the Circle in Sebring counts the minutes until the next moment of silence -- every 65 minutes -- to remember veterans lost to suicide on average of every 65 minutes, every day. Saturday's event was to raise awareness for non-veterans and to raise funds to help provide help in one form or another to veterans struggling with physical or mental pain.

PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

Although the slogan speaks for prisoners of war or those missing in action, the POW-MIA flag at Saturday's Project 65 event also speaks to veterans who have committed suicide or have contemplated it, as well as to veterans, family and friends who have suffered the loss of a veteran who has took their own life. Project 65 leaders hope to prevent further self-inflicted deaths.

PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

A clock at Saturday's Project 65 event on the Circle in Sebring counts the minutes until the next moment of silence -- every 65 minutes -- to remember veterans lost to suicide on average of every 65 minutes, every day. Saturday's event was to raise awareness for non-veterans and to raise funds to help provide help in one form or another to veterans struggling with physical or mental pain.

PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

Kevin Woods, U.S. Navy veteran from Texas City, Texas, displays the dog tag he carries to remember Steven Brinneman, a war veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, who took his own life in 2008. Woods, who started the Veterans Suicide Prevention (VSP) Project, makes dog tags for veterans lost to suicide.

PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

Although the slogan speaks for prisoners of war or those missing in action, the POW-MIA flag at Saturday's Project 65 event also speaks to veterans who have committed suicide or have contemplated it, as well as to veterans, family and friends who have suffered the loss of a veteran who has took their own life. Project 65 leaders hope to prevent further self-inflicted deaths.

By PHIL ATTINGER

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SEBRING — Kevin Woods, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, goes everywhere these days with former U.S. Army specialist Steven Brinneman.

On Feb. 14, 2008, Brinneman took his own life while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Woods carries a dog tag he made specially to remember Brinneman, just like hundreds of such tags Woods has made in the last 10 months to memorialize military veterans who have taken their own lives.

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