Santa Rosa County Veterans Services offices in Milton and Gulf Breeze will be closed Fri., Feb. 24 to allow staff to participate in training for the Florida Veteran Overwatch Program. Regular business hours will resume Mon., Feb. 27.
In October 2022, The Fire Watch, now called the Florida Veteran Overwatch Program, was awarded a grant by the State of Florida to provide veteran suicide prevention training to all Veteran Claims Examiners (VCEs) and County Veteran Service Officers (CVSOs) across the state. Florida Veteran Overwatch Program and its partners, Florida LEADS Zero Suicide Project, PsychArmor, and the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic, will hold in-person training sessions at eight locations across Florida in 2023. Participants will learn to recognize suicidal behavior, de-escalate crisis situations, and direct at-risk veterans to care and support. This program is sponsored by the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs