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Military Suicides

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.

Grieving Mom: Military Suicides 'Out Of Control'

militarytimes.com | 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...

It's Long Past Time to Admit: The Military Solution in Afghanistan Has Failed

Robert Greenwald | Posted 12.05.2012 | World
Robert Greenwald

Co-authored by John Amick Sunday, October 7, marks the 11th anniversary of the Afghanistan war, now the longest war in U.S. history. This date pr...

It's Time to Stand Up Against Military Suicides

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 12.04.2012 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

With the heartbreaking suicide stories accumulating at an alarming rate, it's time to follow in the army's footsteps. There's never been a more critical time to stage our own suicide stand-down.

The Incredible Human Cost Of War

Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics

One in five veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - about 300,000 veterans to date. The s...

While the Army Stands Down, Suicide Rates Are Still Up

Paul Rieckhoff | Posted 11.28.2012 | Politics
Paul Rieckhoff

With the stakes this high, service members, veterans and their families deserve transparency and accountability.

The Epidemic of Suicide in the Military

Allen Frances | Posted 11.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

The suicide problem is just the very tip of a much larger iceberg. That one active duty soldier per day is desperate enough to kill himself speaks volumes of the less obvious, but significant, distress experienced by many other soldiers and veterans.

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.

Vietnam Vet Ends 17-Day Hunger Strike For Military Suicide

Posted 09.07.2012 | Impact

After 17 days of not eating a morsel of food, Tom Mahany ended his hunger strike Thursday, saying that the government got the message that it needs to...

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...

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.

Military Suicide, Emotional Anguish and Healing

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 09.19.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

We need to our veterans and their families as whole people. We must stop, look and listen (and really see and hear) them, in order to find a way out of our linear, silver-bullet, quick-fix blinders.

Military Suicides, Stigma and the Elephant in the Room

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

The epidemic of military and veteran suicides requires action on multiple levels. But our strongest ally in this fight is hidden in plain sight -- the most powerful motivator for service members and veterans -- their love for, and the love of, their buddies. We need to mobilize it immediately.

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman: 'We've Got 18 Vets A Day Who Are Killing Themselves'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival this weekend, giving a candid assessment of the growing p...

Meds Not Enough to Bring Down Rate of 1 Vet Suicide Per Day

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 08.14.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

Service members, veterans and their families benefit from social support approaches. We should make them part and parcel of reintegration and mental health programming and provide the resources necessary for them to grow.

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 Wishes for Our "Evolving" President

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Perhaps, like his stance on gay marriage, President Obama's stance on soldier suicides can "evolve" into the only humane and thoughtful position -- that of sending condolences to the families of all troops who commit suicide.

The Bad Apple

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The time has come to challenge the military at the level of its reason for being. The time has come to add up its suicides, its war crimes and the rest of its horrific legacy. How long can it survive an honest accounting?

One-Third Of Military Suicides Told Of Plans To Die, Report Finds

Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

DENVER -- A third of military personnel who committed suicide last year had told at least one person they planned to take their own lives, a newly rel...

Rep. Judy Chu Shares Her Family's Tragic Suicide Story

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.09.2011 | Los Angeles

WASHINGTON -- The disturbing number of suicides in the military now has a face It's Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, a high-spirited Marine who shot and killed ...

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.

President Obama's 'Evolving' Position on Military Suicides

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Robert David Jaffee

Only 25 of the 155 suicides in the U.S. Army last year took place in the field of combat. So why won't the White House send condolence letters to the families of troops who took their lives outside a war zone?

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...