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Military Suicide

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...

Military Suicides Hit Tragic Milestone

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 03.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year, far exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan, and some priva...

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.

David Wood

U.S. Military Embraces Yoga To Ease War's Physical, Emotional Wounds | David Wood | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living

For a decade, troops returning from war with mental and physical trauma have been dosed with cocktails of numbing drugs and corralled into talk-therap...

Are Our Vets Getting a Bum Rap?

Marjorie Morrison | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Marjorie Morrison

We civilians need to do a better job understanding and supporting our service members who have given all to protect our country. We can shift our thinking from problematic to positive when we think about hiring, counseling or dealing with our service members.

The Military Can Do More to Prevent Suicides

Allen Frances | Posted 12.08.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

The military is to be commended for addressing its suicide problem -- but it needs to get down to root causes and to implement the obvious solutions that might make a difference.

The Military's Mental Health Crisis

Marjorie Morrison | Posted 11.24.2012 | Books
Marjorie Morrison

From 2005 to 2010, service members took their own lives at a rate of about one every 36 hours. I don't think we are going to see those numbers decline anytime soon.

Stopping the Surge of Military Suicides: How to Win This Preventable War

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

This week's release of a National Strategy for Suicide Prevention is an important step forward, but we must now invest the resources, develop innovative partnerships, and take the actions necessary across all sectors of society to prevent this silent wound of war and tragic loss of life among America's service men and women.

All Hands on Deck: How We Can Help Someone Who's Suicidal

Lisa Firestone | Posted 10.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Taking an "all hands on deck" approach to suicide prevention can truly save lives. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and the helper tasks that can prevent a suicide equips us with powerful tools for assisting those at risk.

Time for Plain Talk About Rising Rates of Suicide in the Military

Shad Meshad | Posted 10.21.2012 | Impact
Shad Meshad

The emotional wounds of war don't heal with drugs. Isn't it time we tried something else? And if so, what's out there for us to use to heal our warriors? The simplest answer might surprise you.

Tragic Stats Revealed On Army Suicides

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Suicides among active-duty soldiers in July more than doubled from June, accelerating a trend throughout the military this year that has...

Army Sergeant Sentenced For Alleged Racial Hazing That Led To Suicide

AP | Posted 09.30.2012 | World

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — An Army sergeant was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in prison, a demotion and docked a month's pay for his role in the allege...

Preventing Suicide, One Step at a Time

Rae Abileah | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Rae Abileah

For years I've been a "Bring Our Troops Home" banner waving leftist, attending anti-war marches and rallies more often than I ate ice cream. Now that our troops are actually coming home from Iraq, many are killing themselves. Why?

Military Suicides Surge

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Suicides are surging among America's troops, averaging nearly one a day this year – the fastest pace in the nation's decade o...

Memorial Day: An Opportunity to Reach Out to Veterans

Lisa Firestone | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Getting veterans to the help they need is imperative. It is also valuable for us to have an understanding of the many factors that lead to increased suicide risk among veterans.

Why Army Suicides Are Down: Report

AP | By PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 01.19.2012 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- The number of suicides among soldiers has been leveling off but there's been a dramatic jump in domestic violence, sex crimes and other ...

Are We Losing The Battle Against Veteran Suicide?

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact

With insufficient attention and systems in place, it may be that we're losing the battle against military suicide, a new study suggests. Military s...

Desperate "Housewives" Seek Help: Soldier Suicides Now at Epidemic Rate (VIDEO)

Torrey Shannon | Posted 10.28.2011 | Impact
Torrey Shannon

I am just one spouse of many, all caregivers of severely injured and disabled veterans, who have wished to be heard on behalf of our loved ones. Thankfully, our time seems to have come, at least for some of us.

White House Lifts Ban On Condolence Letters To Families Of Service Members Who Commit Suicide

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

The White House says that families of service members who commit suicide while deployed abroad are now getting condolence letters from the president j...

Amanda Terkel

Dem Rep. Hopes Senate Won't Block His Military Suicide Prevention Act For The Third Time | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the National Guard and Army Reserve grapple with an increasing number of suicides amongst members, Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) reintroduc...

Suicides In Army National Guard Doubled Last Year

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Suicides among active duty soldiers dropped slightly in 2010 after five years of record increases, Army leaders said Wednesday. Bu...

Amanda Terkel

Military Suicide Prevention Act Stripped From Defense Bill | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In 2008, a young sergeant named Coleman S. Bean took his life. After completing his first tour of duty in Iraq, he had come home an...

The CPR for Preventing Suicide

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

With September 5-11 marking National Suicide Prevention Week, I would like to use this blog to encourage everyone to learn the CPR to prevent suicid...

Military Suicide: A New Battle to Save Lives Must Begin

Lisa Firestone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Lisa Firestone

In a March 1 blog, Time Magazine's Joe Klein reported that "during the month of January, more soldiers committed suicide (24) than were killed by en...