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Soldier Suicides

The 'Last Soldier to Die for a Mistake' in Iraq -- But More to Come?

Greg Mitchell | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

John Kerry famously asked, as a Vietnam vet leader while that war was still going, "Who will be the last U.S. soldier to die for that mistake?" In regard to the Iraq war, which began more than 11 Veterans Days ago, we knew the answer back in December 2011, but we've already forgotten.

What Veterans Remember

Mark E. Prior | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Mark E. Prior

On a day marked to honor our veterans and to commemorate the sacrifices made by these great men and women, we need to take a moment to give voice to those who still live in the shadows of war.

The U.S. Soldier Who Killed Herself After Refusing to Take Part in Torture

Greg Mitchell | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

I have written about dozens of sad, tragic, individual cases. But one of the saddest of all concerns a young soldier who died eleven years ago last month, appalled when ordered to take part in interrogations that, no doubt, involved what most would call torture.

Millions of Soldiers and Veterans in Trouble

Bill Quigley | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Despite the July 4 tributes, millions of US soldiers and veterans are in serious trouble. Twenty two veterans kill themselves every day according to the Veterans Administration. A study by the Los Angeles Times found veterans are more than twice as likely as other civilians to commit suicide.

Sage Francis Drops New Video On HuffPost Live

Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

Sage Francis stopped by HuffPost Live on Monday to debut the new music video for "Blue," a cut off the Providence rapper's mixtape "SICK TO D(EAT)H." ...

Soldier Suicides: The Preventable Epidemic

Evan Bailyn | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Evan Bailyn

It's incumbent on all of us to get involved and support our soldiers whether or not we agree with our country's military actions, whether or not we have service members in our own families. We must demand answers and options.

WATCH: The Secret Suffering Of Veterans Over 50

Posted 09.10.2013 | Fifty

Veterans don't leave all danger behind on the battlefield. Once soldiers return home, many suffer mental anguish through PTSD and other disorders ...

VA Mental Health Should Prioritize Helping Veterans Over Hiring Workers

Rep. Jeff Miller | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Rep. Jeff Miller

When a veteran is seeking mental health care services, the difference of a day, a week or a month can make the difference between life and death. It takes courage for these veterans to stand up and ask for help, and they deserve better than to simply be told to stand in line.

Soldiers Are Not Heroes, They're Humans

Derek Flood | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Derek Flood

Our bumper stickers say "support our troops," but if we really care about our service men and women then we need to wake up to the very real fact that many of them have had their worlds shattered.

Soldier In Trouble For Attempted Suicide

Posted 04.24.2012 | Denver

A Fort Carson soldier is facing charges from the district attorney's office after shooting his wife in the leg during a suicide attempt. Joshua Bra...

We Are Failing Our Veterans With PTSD: The Life and Death of Sonny Mazon

Kevin Bell | Posted 04.08.2012 | Impact
Kevin Bell

For all of our rhetoric of supporting soldiers with PTSD, there is a dense, bureaucratic labyrinth in between soldiers and the help that they need.

For Peace Of Mind: Advocates Push Overhaul Of Veteran Mental Health Care

AP | By PAUL ELIAS | Posted 07.11.2011 | Impact

SAN FRANCISCO -- Noting that an average of 18 veterans a day commit suicide, a federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Department of Veterans Aff...

Army National Guard, Reserve See Spike In Suicides

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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

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.

The U.S. Soldier Who Killed Herself After Refusing to Take Part in Torture

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

What caused Alyssa Peterson to put a bullet in her head in September 2003 after just a few weeks in Iraq? And why were the press and the public not told about it?

Military Suicides Require New Prevention Office, Congressional Task Force Tells Pentagon

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Rushing to stem historically high rates of military suicides, the service branches set up prevention programs that lacked strategic...

Army Officer Orders Troops Not To Commit Suicide

AP | KRISTIN M. HALL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Thousands of soldiers, their bald eagle shoulder patches lined up row upon row across the grassy field, stood at rigid atte...

Soldier Suicides This Year To Top Those In 2008

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Soldier suicides this year are almost sure to top last year's grim totals, but a recent decline in the pace of such incidents could...

Soldier Suicides: The War Condolences Obama Won't Send

Amy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Goodman

Gregg Keesling said that when he and his wife went to Dover Air Force Base to greet their son's coffin, a master sergeant said: "I'm greeting a suicide body almost every day. There's something going on."

Why Obama Doesn't Write Families Of Soldiers Who Commit Suicide

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Wednesday's Wall Street Journal reports on a longstanding White House policy that Presidents do not send condolence letters to families of U.S. soldie...

Tough Guy Soprano Joey Pantoliano Goes to Iraq

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Tian Dayton

Soldiers in Iraq face deployment after deployment without rest or time for recovery. They suffer from PTSD and depression.

Refusing to Comply: The Tactics of Resistance in an All-Volunteer Military

Dahr Jamail | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dahr Jamail

In addition to small numbers of outright public refusals to deploy or redeploy, troops are going absent without official leave (AWOL) between deployments, and actual desertions may once again be on the rise.

Military Suicides

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Tragically, the suicide rate among U.S. Army soldiers increased last month. In fact, Army suicides are up significantly over the previous month, and they are now on a record pace for the year.

Saving the Lives of Those Who Save Yours

Colleen Perry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Colleen Perry

VA docs are diagnosing PTSD as Adjustment Disorder instead. That's like saying the soldier who shot up his comrades at an Iraqi mental health clinic was just having a bad day.