A critical component in reducing military suicides lies in understanding the second derivative of the problem: the underlying reason for the suicidal thought. When someone reaches out to us for help, we not only connect that client to a mental healthcare provider, but we ask pointed questions to try and identify the catalyst or trigger for that suicidal ideation.
Part of the problem is that men, even relatively successful ones like my grandfather, who ran a cafeteria, and one of my cousins, who was a well-to-do doctor and businessman, often have a problem with openly discussing their depression and other mental illnesses, to say nothing of suicidal feelings.
His brother has also told him that he's not the same guy he was before his deployments, and has expressed concern about how much alcohol he drinks. He is embarrassed about the low-wage job he has had to take, yet also fears losing it, because he knows his style and reactions make people uncomfortable.