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Military Suicide

Straight Talk on Veteran Suicide

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 09.20.2016 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

I want to focus on one troubling truism that research has unfortunately made quasi-axiomatic: It's not the deployments -- their intensity, their frequency, or their number -- that contribute to the epidemic of military suicide.

Marine Who Set Himself On Fire Has Stunning Life Advice

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact

When Reggie, a former Marine, had grown intolerably disgusted with the "terrible person" he'd become, he felt that taking his life by fire was his onl...

Molly O'Toole

Veteran Spared When Sheet Noose Ripped: 'I'm Glad It Didn't Work' | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact

On the last day Joey Smith walked, he confronted a few Afghan workers on his base in Afghanistan, confiscating a camera. When he turned his back, they...

Molly O'Toole

A Job Kept This Iraq Veteran From Hanging Himself | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact

Promethazine, zolpidem, nortriptyline, morphine, divalproex, metoprolol, prazosin, ibuprofen, diazepam, quetiapine, meperidine, trazodone, mirtazapine...

Molly O'Toole

Half Her Life Lost To Rape, But Still Serving | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.26.2013 | Impact

Terri Odom looked out on the National Press Club room full of reporters, veterans, advocates and members of Congress where she had been invited to spe...

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...

David Wood

Military Suicide Leaves Survivors Struggling With Shame, Guilt, Social Stigma | David Wood | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact

The first thing that Shanette Booker had to do, when she awoke one dawn to find that her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Andre Booker, had shot himself to de...

David Wood

'I Am A Suicide Survivor ... And I Am Not Embarrassed By It' | David Wood | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact

This article is part of a special Huffington Post series, "Invisible Casualties," in which we shine a spotlight on suicide-prevention efforts within t...

David Wood

A Desperate Last Act Haunted By Missed Opportunities | David Wood | Posted 10.25.2013 | Impact

On the early evening of March 15, 2011, in the bedroom of a two-story red brick townhouse in Virginia Beach, Va., Navy Petty Officer Joshua Lipstein p...

David Wood

Army Sergeant Who Attempted Suicide: 'I Made A Mistake' | David Wood | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact

As part of The Huffington Post's "Invisible Casualties" series, an exploration of military and veteran suicide prevention efforts, we invited veterans...

Reach Out to Stop Suicide

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

All of us can do our part to prevent suicide. Reaching out means: first, paying attention and noticing when people are showing signs that they could be at risk, and second, taking the time to let people know we care.

David Wood

AUDIO: Relatives Of Vets Who Died By Suicide Tell Their Stories | David Wood | Posted 09.04.2013 | Impact

The tragedy of suicide is not only the loss of an individual, but the profound grief that is left when someone chooses to die by suicide. This summer,...

WATCH: Iraq War Vet Recounts His Breaking Point

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.03.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Approximately 8,000 veterans are thought to die by suicide each year, an 11 percent increase from 2007. Problems readjusting to civilian life, along w...

David Wood

Helping Military Families Cope With Suicide: A Wife's Perspective | David Wood | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact

This article is part of a special Huffington Post series, "Invisible Casualties," in which we shine a spotlight on suicide-prevention efforts within t...

David Wood

'I Wasn't The Same Guy, And I Didn't Understand It' | David Wood | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact

DURHAM, N.C. -- A story Mike McMichael's grandma told him when he was young probably saved his life. But that was years after he had grown up to be a ...

David Wood

Military And Veteran Suicides Rise Despite Aggressive Prevention Efforts | David Wood | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- The good news: most people with military service never consider suicide. Contrary to popular perception, there is no "epidemic" of milit...

David Wood

Free, Confidential Help For Those At Risk Of Suicide | David Wood | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact

If you or someone you know is at risk or is considering suicide, free and confidential help is available. The most important thing you can do for some...

David Wood

Warning Signs Someone May Be At Risk Of Suicide | David Wood | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact

People at risk of suicide display warning signs. It's important to learn these signs, be alert to them and know what to do next. Most suicides come du...

As Suicide Rates Rise in the US

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 07.31.2013 | Healthy Living
Arzu Kaya Uranli

It is about time we talked about suicide. If we pay attention to this serious issue, we can help people before they reach the point of feeling suicidal and provide greater support for family members who lose someone to suicide.

Sexual Assaults, Suicide and Misconduct in the Military

Robert Weller | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Robert Weller

The all-volunteer military has been hit by a growing wave of sexual assaults and suicides. As usual in the U.S., most attention has focused on how to control the problems, rather than why they are happening.

Boy, 7, Writes Inspiring Messages On Post-It Notes To Help Suicidal Vets

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.07.2013 | Impact

When John Murray Jr. spotted the word “suicide” on a poster at an Army health center, a simple question turned into a big movement. Thinking t...

The Message About Suicide and the Military

David Litts | Posted 04.06.2013 | Impact
David Litts

According to Pentagon figures, 349 military service members took their lives in 2012. Every one of these deaths exacts an incalculable toll -- from the victim's families, from their military units, and from our society.

AMERICAN TRAGEDY: One Military Suicide Every Hour

Reuters | Posted 08.21.2013 | World

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The most extensive study yet by the U.S. government on suicide among military veterans shows more veterans are killing...

Suicide Spreading Like 'Disease' Among MIlitary Families | Posted 01.28.2013 | Impact

Before Army Spc. Andrew Velez left Texas for the final time, he asked his fragile sister to write him a promise – a vow he could carry with him to A...

Veteran Suicides Each Year Eclipses Total OEF/OIF U.S. Military Killed in Action Since 9/11

John Henry Parker | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
John Henry Parker

If the latest trend continues there will be more Post 9/11 Veteran Suicides on the near horizon than are names on the Vietnam Wall (58,261), do the math.