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Army Suicides

Molly O'Toole

An Army Captain's Recurring Nightmare From Afghanistan | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.27.2013 | Impact

"I'm gagged, I'm tied up, I can't speak. I'm in some sort of cave cell. And I see a girl in another corner of the cell, like a 7-year-old girl, and I ...

David Wood

Tragedy of Military Suicides Will 'Go On For Many Years,' Army Chief Warns | David Wood | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact

A tragic milestone was reached last year, when 185 active-duty Army soldiers died by suicide, surpassing the 176 soldiers killed in battle in Afghanis...

Does Faith Make A Difference?

Chaplain Mark R. Johnston | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Chaplain Mark R. Johnston

Many who have deployed into combat and have witnessed first-hand the violence and killing that characterizes war often return home with the uncomfortable realization that the value structure they once maintained, and perhaps called "normal," does not necessarily fit any longer.

Katy Hall

LOOK: Veteran Suicides Outpace Child Gun Deaths | Katy Hall | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

Memorial Day commemorates the U.S. soliders who lost their lives in service. It's also a time to recognize a growing but less visible group of fallen ...

Justice Still Not Served in Private Danny Chen's Case

Elizabeth OuYang | Posted 02.10.2013 | Crime
Elizabeth OuYang

Private Danny Chen was found dead in 2011 in a guard tower after weeks of physical abuse and unrelenting racial taunts by superiors. Can military courts deliver justice to a subordinate hazed by his superiors?

Grieving Mom: Military Suicides 'Out Of Control' | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact

CALLAWAY, Fla. — Libby Busbee pounded on the window of her son’s maroon Dodge Charger as he sat in the driveway of their home earlier this year. L...

How Mikayla Bragg and 31 Soldiers "Fell Through the Cracks"

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

After every debate, the Democrats and Republicans clamber to claim victory, but only one thing is for sure -- our veterans and their families lost. After 10 years of war, you heard more about Big Bird than you did about veterans.

Andrea Stone

Soldiers Say Army Chaplain Turned Suicide Prevention Class Into Prayer Meeting | Andrea Stone | Posted 10.03.2012 | Politics

During an Army-wide stand down for suicide prevention sessions, a Christian chaplain in Texas improperly led rookie soldiers in a candlelight prayer, ...

The U.S. Army Reports Record High Suicide Rates for July

Kate O'Gorman | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Kate O'Gorman

Without regularly updated data, it's not only impossible to track how many veterans and active-duty service members are committing suicide, but also difficult to judge the effectiveness of the mental health programs in place to prevent it.

The Crucial Missing Piece in Understanding Soldier Suicides

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Moral injury is not PTSD. Moral injury has a slow burn quality that often takes time to sink in. To be morally injured requires a healthy brain that can experience empathy, create a coherent memory narrative, understand moral reasoning and evaluate behavior.

Yoga Stress Relief for Soldiers

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 07.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

Faced with the highest army suicide rates in at least 30 years, U.S. military officials are examining ways to help treat psychologically wounded soldiers.


Joseph Bobrow | Posted 03.04.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

Human beings seem infinitely adaptable. But there is no silver bullet, no quick fix potion that will make a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine invulnerable to five, six or more tours of duty in today's war zone and the separations from loved ones.

The Fatalities of 9/11 Include the Suicides of Veterans

Leila Levinson | Posted 11.09.2011 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

As this week is National Suicide Prevention Week, and Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11, let us grieve those who have taken their own lives as a result of their service in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.

Destigmatizing Mental Health In The Military

Leila Levinson | Posted 09.08.2011 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

The president clearly believes we need to remove the stigmas of war's mental health consequences. But it is striking that his statement completely ignores the 71 percent of the suicides that occur after service.

Memorial Day: Remembering Marty

Kelly Moore | Posted 07.30.2011 | Politics
Kelly Moore

The Department of Veterans Affairs may be incompetent, as the court declared, but the rest of us deserve equal scorn for failing to hold our government accountable to the men and women who put their lives on the line defending our freedom.

Fort Hood Reports Record Number Of Suicides

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) -- Fort Hood officials are investigating a rash of suicides in recent days, including what evidently was a murder-suicide involv...

The Invisible Wounds of War: Let's Hear From the Generals

Jean-Paul Chretien | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jean-Paul Chretien

It's great that top brass are encouraging warriors to get help for war's "invisible wounds." But now, they need to speak out openly about their own struggles with mental illness.

Army Suicides Hit Record Number In June | Jim Miklaszewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The U.S. Army on Thursday reported a record number of suicides in a single month among active duty, Guard and Reserve troops, despite an aggressive pr...

Let's Question the Accuracy of Current Military Suicide Statistics

Cilla McCain | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Cilla McCain

Until all of our troops' and veterans' problems are honestly acknowledged and factored in to the planning of suicide prevention programs, the current response is not going put a dent in the numbers.

Is The US Army Losing Its War On Suicide?

TIME | Mark Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The surge in suicides, which have risen five years in a row, has become a vexing problem for which the Army's highest levels of command have yet to fi...

Fort Hood Killings: No Safe Place from Invisible Wounds of War

Christine Pelosi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

In the wake of the massacre there will be a tendency to say one man snapped. The truth is anyone could have snapped -- and we need to de-stigmatize PTSD and mental health before someone else does.

16 Soldiers Killed Themselves In October

Wall Street Journal | By YOCHI J. DREAZEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Army's top generals worry that surging tens of thousands more troops into Afghanistan could increase the strain felt by many military personnel af...

One Young Captain Offers Brutally Honest Account Of Dealing With Life, And Death, In Afghanistan

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Independent In the first ever unauthorised dispatch from an officer on the frontline, one young Captain offers a brutally honest account of life ...

Franken's First Bill: Service Dogs For Vets

Huffington Post | Susan Crile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Freshman Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced his first legislative initiative on Monday -- a bill to provide service dogs to wounded veterans. Franke...

Why Army Suicides Continued to Rise in May, and What We Can Do

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

The root causes of combat stress leading to suicide are three-fold, mostly out of the hands of our generals, and therefore must be addressed by the Federal government.