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Veteran Suicide

Moral Injury Is Motivating Whistleblowers And Killing Our Veterans

Peter Van Buren | Posted 05.18.2017 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Whistleblowers, Moral Injury, and Endless WarCross-posted with “My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained ...

Donald Trump Suggests Some Veterans Have PTSD Because They 'Can't Handle It'

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.21.2016 | Healthy Living

Another day, another abhorrent comment about mental health from Donald Trump. This time the Republican presidential nominee targeted veteran’s menta...

What My Grandmother's Depression Taught Me About Suicide

Diana M. Raab | Posted 09.25.2016 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

Many people view suicide as a selfish act and I can see that. I've been married 39 years, am a mother of three and grandmother of two. We're a close knit family and I'm sure my death would have a huge impact on my loved ones.

Suicide Rate Of U.S. Veterans Rose One Third Since 2001, Study Finds

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics

By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The suicide rate among American veterans has increased by nearly a third since 2001, a bigger rise than in t...

20 Veterans Die By Suicide Every Day. Here's What The VA Is Doing About It

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.12.2016 | Impact

The rate of veteran suicide has dropped slightly, but figures still point to a crisis that requires “aggressive” measures, according to a new repo...

I Graduated High School with My Pug

Pavlina Osta | Posted 06.08.2016 | Teen
Pavlina Osta

It's high school graduation 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. The 626 seniors were lining up backstage at the Ocean Center and I am one of the graduati...

Presidential Candidates, the Economy and Entrepreneurship

Jack Nadel | Posted 03.03.2017 | Politics
Jack Nadel

It's still a long way to the November elections. In the meantime, I would ask my fellow Americans to pose the right questions that can put us on the road to a growing middle class, a more rational defense budget, and improved and sustainable living conditions for all.

Dear Sarah Palin: Stop Using PTSD As A Political Football

Chris Mark | Posted 01.25.2017 | Politics
Chris Mark

Veterans who have willingly given so much in service to their country should not have to bear the burden of being further stigmatized by your ignorant and foolish statements. If you insist on trying to use your "celebrity status" for a cause, please educate yourself on the facts of PTSD.

Defending the Land: Young Veterans Take Up Sustainable Farming

Jim Luce | Posted 01.07.2017 | Impact
Jim Luce

Michael wanted to make a plan, wanted to know what he'd be doing for the winter. He started thinking about those farmer-training programs he'd read about, and decided to apply.

'It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year'

Shad Meshad | Posted 12.23.2016 | Impact
Shad Meshad

With a nod to songwriters George Wyle and Edward Pola, this popular holiday song is everywhere in this season.  You hear it in malls, in elevators, on the radio and TV. The lyrics hit all the bases: gatherings of friends and family, music, memories.

Collateral Damage

Kristina Kaufmann | Posted 12.02.2016 | Impact
Kristina Kaufmann

The yellow ribbons have faded and the welcome home parades are a distant memory. But there's a price to pay for outsourcing our national defense to less than one percent of the population over 14 years of war. This isn't a military problem. It belongs to all of us.

PTSD Tried To Steal My Life, My Family, And My Mind

Zócalo Public Square | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics

It has been 45 years since I returned to the U.S. from Vietnam. I was only 19, but the year I spent there made me feel like I had already lived 10 lif...

Collateral Damage: Effects of the Current Narrative on Veterans

Tom Aiello | Posted 10.01.2016 | Impact
Tom Aiello

During a recent Veteran's charity fundraising gala, much like the hundreds of galas that occur year round, something significant happened: At a point in the show the emcee asked all attendees from a certain group of Veterans in the audience to stand and be recognized...not a single person stood in spite of their presence.

How to Identify Someone at Risk for Suicide

Richard Taite | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact
Richard Taite

It's splashed all over social and mainstream media. Another person in the public eye has passed away from suicide. Tomorrow, it will be someone else,...

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.

We Can Prevent Veteran Suicides

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 09.16.2016 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Janci, an Iraq war veteran, swallowed a fistful of pills and a bottle of wine. She called a friend and asked him to take care of her young daughter, who was in school. She locked all the doors and windows and waited for the mercy of death to free her from the ghosts that haunted her.

The Power of Conscience: The US Military and the Myth that Humanity is Predisposed to Violence

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.10.2016 | Health News
Beverly Bell

It is the same love for humanity and desire to serve that causes soldiers to experience deep trauma once their conscience processes the results of what they've done, the deaths and the pain they've been a part of. Military training dulls the conscience, but not forever.

Addressing Veteran Suicide Head-on: Q&A With Oscar Winner Ellen Goosenberg Kent

Joshua Kors | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Joshua Kors

One number: 22. That's all it took to transform Ellen Goosenberg Kent from a filmmaker to a woman on a mission. "When I heard that 22 veterans are killing themselves every day, I thought: This is outrageous. That's almost one every hour. I had to do something," she said.

Remembering What Is Impossible to Forget: Moral Injury and War

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2016 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

To manage our relationship to mortality and the overwhelming power of grief, we sanitize or sequester death and corpses with elaborate rituals and fierce taboos. But war explodes these boundaries and endangers the humanity of those we send to fight.

How We're Using Existing Technology to Save Vets' and Service Members' Lives (and How You Can Help)

William Waters Negley | Posted 05.26.2015 | Technology
William Waters Negley

While much good has been done to address the issue of veteran suicides, too often the mechanism by which we attempt to provide support ignores the unique challenges these men and women face. To provide the mental health support they require, a new system -- a new model -- is needed.

Veteran Suicide Prevention Through Employment

Kevin O'Brien | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Kevin O'Brien

Image by Stop Soldier Suicide The suicide rate of service members and troops is more than alarming, and in many cases, the suicide is not a result of...

Some Veterans Need Help -- That's Our Job

David Wood | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
David Wood

It's been five years since Jacob Sexton, a soldier with the Indiana National Guard, came home with nightmares after two combat deployments, and on a Monday evening in a movie theater with family and friends, killed himself with a pistol shot. He was 21-years-old. The story is horrifying, and sadly familiar. On this day, we pause to honor the 21.9 million living Americans who have served in uniform. We might also remember the estimated 8,000 veterans and 475 active duty, reserve and National Guard men and women who took their own lives last year in the ongoing tragedy of military and veteran suicide. Jacob's death, like the others, could have been prevented.

One My Lai a Month

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The cornerstone of every war is the dehumanization, a terrifying process with long-lasting and infinitely unfolding consequences. And the Vietnam War was the first in which the full horror of this process, stripped of all glory and pseudo-necessity, reached significant public awareness.

Our Souls Turned Into Weapons

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"During basic training, we are weaponized: our souls turned into weapons." Jacob George's suicide last month -- a few days after President Obama anno...

The Suicides Need to Stop!

Justin Constantine | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Justin Constantine

The father had no idea that evening was the last time he would hold his son, and that would be their last conversation. He thought they had made real progress with the phone call and that his son was on the path to recovery. But unfortunately he was wrong.