Positive Progress Speakers Forum

Outdoor Event on PTSD and Veteran Suicide

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A multi-dimensional discussion from speakers about what’s going on in Washington, in a PTSD clinic in Jacksonville, from a father who lost a son, and from what we have seen. This non-fundraising event is a free event with limited seating.

Hosted by The Gourmet Hut in historic downtown St. Augustine, “Positive Progress – The Latest on Stopping Veteran Suicide” promises to set the standard on how we can tackle this issue from all sides and start winning. It will take a combined effort from the legislative branch, the private sector and stories from the front lines to bring this issue completely into focus. This is the only event of it’s kind and the outdoor seating is limited.


Masks are mandatory. Seats will be socially distant.

Event Details

Date: 25 October 2020
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: 17 Cuna Street,
St. Augustine, FL



  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Local Craft Beer
  • Wine


We’d love to have you attend, however this event has limited seating. Please give us your request and we’ll send you more information.

13 + 15 =


John Rutherford

John Rutherford

Congressman FL District 4


John Rutherford (FL-04) is serving his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He sits on the House Appropriations Committee where he serves on three subcommittees: Homeland Security, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

John has lived in Jacksonville, Florida since 1958, and attended Florida Junior College and Florida State University where he studied Criminology. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 171st Session and the National Executive Institute.

Brian Hogan

Brian Hogan

Director - Sunbelt Wellness Clinic


Founded by a former Mayport Base Commander, Sunbelt offers a customized treatment regimen for clients suffering from treatment resistant depression, bipolar depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal ideations and other resistant mood disorders.

Brian and the team have witnessed incredible transformations in both the mental health and chronic pain spheres for PTSD patients. “We are motivated to stem the loss of our former military via suicide.”


Kevin Johns

Kevin Johns

Father of Jared Johns


Jared was a well-rounded person before joining the Army. He had his head on straight and he was very focused. Things were never the same when he came back from Germany and Afghanistan. He was never my sweet Jared again. After he had his sons though, it helped him tremendously  to start becoming that same compassionate person that he once was and it appeared that he was winning the battle with PTSD.

In the end, he lost that battle on September 11, 2018. His father Kevin, a Board member of Once A Soldier, will speak about enduring under the saddest of times.

Stefanie Starke

Stefanie Starke

Owner - The Gourmet Hut


Having dedicated most of her adult life to helping nonprofits succeed, Stefanie has held executive positions at prominent local nonprofit organizations and well as serving as Executive Director for Robert Kennedy’s Jr.’s nonprofit. Stefanie is also Board President with Once A Soldier.

She now owns two downtown St. Augustine businesses: The Gourmet Hut and Crucial Coffee. Gourmet Hut is a farm-to-table restaurant set in a charming old world atmosphere. Crucial Coffee is located right next door. Stefanie is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive® (CFRE) and her guidance for Once A Soldier is indispensable. 









PTSD and Veteran suicide speaking event
PTSD and Veteran Suicide


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