Upcoming Events

Positive Progress

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 complimentary light fare, beer and wine. Limited seating.

RSVP to 904 477-9995


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 an outdoor event and 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


Seating is limited. Please RSVP 904 477-9995


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.

Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA

Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA

Board Certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Madkaiker has decades of experience in managing severely ill psychiatry patients with a variety of diagnoses. including depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and other treatment-resistant psychiatric conditions. Satyen Madkaiker, MD, has lived in Jacksonville since 2001. He’s been in private practice in Jacksonville, Florida, since 2003, serving patients in St. Johns, Duval, and Clay counties.

Dr. Madkaiker has 12 years of experience in Ketamine assisted electroconvulsive therapy. Visit Jax Psychiatry’s website.



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. 


Seating is limited. Please RSVP with your name and how many in your party via email to










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