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Veteran Suicide

David Wood

Tragedy of Military Suicides Will 'Go On For Many Years,' Army Chief Warns | David Wood | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact

A tragic milestone was reached last year, when 185 active-duty Army soldiers died by suicide, surpassing the 176 soldiers killed in battle in Afghanis...

Veteran Suicide Prevention: Getting To Treatment That Works

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Lisa Firestone

Addressing the "underlying disorders" alone won't necessarily work to prevent people from dying by suicide.

A Solution To A Growing Military Suicide Problem

Brian E. Kinsella | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Brian E. Kinsella

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.

Molly O'Toole

The Message That Saved A Military Sexual Assault Survivor's Life | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact

When Jeremiah Arbogast entered the home of his former boss, a Marine staff sergeant, he was wearing a body wire hooked up by the Naval Criminal Invest...

Think Service, Not Suicide

Kaj Larsen | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Kaj Larsen

As the sun sets on the longest wars in American history, it is shocking -- but not surprising -- that veteran suicides persist.

Helping America's Invisible Heroes

Lucas Myers | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Lucas Myers

We often think that when a combat veteran's service ends and they return home their sacrafice for their country has been made, but for many the struggle to adjust to life after combat can continue for years.

Molly O'Toole

When Your Job In War Is To Save Soldiers' Lives, You Never Really Come Home | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact

This article is part of a special Huffington Post series, "Invisible Casualties," in which we spotlight suicide-prevention efforts within the military...

Suicide And The Military

Steven Barrett | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Steven Barrett

Suicide is a very preventable tragedy, and we must look at how to control depression; to control suicidal behavior. People who are depressed, have very low self-esteem. I hear a lot of veterans talk about their lack of self-esteem.

Does Faith Make A Difference?

Chaplain Mark R. Johnston | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Chaplain Mark R. Johnston

Many who have deployed into combat and have witnessed first-hand the violence and killing that characterizes war often return home with the uncomfortable realization that the value structure they once maintained, and perhaps called "normal," does not necessarily fit any longer.

Returning Home Through The Eyes of Our Troops And Their Families

Dr. Bridget Cantrell | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Bridget Cantrell

Warriors are hard driving, well trained and self-reliant. But in the battles they fight in "the silent chambers of their soul" they may feel defeated, demoralized, hopeless and alone, all the while enduring this with a great deal of shame and the fear of being found out.

Surviving Suicide: A Second Chance at Life

Sgt. Allen | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Sgt. Allen

Perhaps someone that is thinking about ending their life will happen on this and realize that they are not alone. I may not have initials after my name, but what I do have are scars that remind me there is a better way.

Healing The Hidden Wounds of War: Treating The Combat Veteran With PTSD at Risk For Suicide

Herbert Hendin | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Herbert Hendin

Veterans with severe guilt over their combat experiences are likely to have punitive nightmares and are at highest risk for suicide. Understanding the subjective, perceptive experience of combat to the veteran is a crucial step to success in treating these veterans.

Sometimes It Takes a Veteran to Understand

Darren Manzella | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Darren Manzella

Suicide is a problem whether you want to talk about it or not, so if you're worried about someone, ask. You can't prevent suicide by ignoring it.

The Real Sacrifice

Ernie D’Leon | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Ernie D’Leon

These "anything goes, its war" justifications begin to haunt us, though they shouldn't, because in the heat of battle anything does go. But, it bothers us, even though we're warriors, we're also human.

Some Thoughts on Suicide Prevention

Shad Meshad | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

We've asked these men and women not only to put themselves in harm's way, but to open their most private, vulnerable selves to actions and images that scar. No wonder the transition back is so difficult for many of them. Try to imagine the disconnect.

We All Have a Role to Play: Preventing Suicide Among Our Returning Veterans

David Litts | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
David Litts

Why are so many service members and veterans struggling with the invisible wounds of war or from service-related stresses? There are many reasons, to be sure, but here are some we should keep in mind.

Out Of The Darkness

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Clifford Bauman | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Clifford Bauman

Tucking the box in the closet, as if the memories would remain trapped inside, I spoke about the events to no one. At that time, I had no idea I was on a path to self-destruction or how much my life will have changed over the coming year.

Mission: Leap of Faith

Dr. Maryrose Gerardi | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Dr. Maryrose Gerardi

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.

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 ...

Suicide Data Only Tells Half The Story

Jason Hansman | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Jason Hansman

Better screening for and treatment of mental health disorders can help ensure that those who are facing these issues are getting the treatment they need.

WATCH: Michelle Obama Speaks Out About Vets Struggling With Suicide

Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact

In an exclusive video for The Huffington Post's "Invisible Casualties" series, first lady Michelle Obama joins Dr. Jill Biden to urge military service...

David Wood

'I Don't Need Fixing, I Just Need You To Listen' | David Wood | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact

This article is part of a special Huffington Post series, "Invisible Casualties," in which we shine a spotlight on suicide-prevention efforts within t...

Coming Home from War Is Hell: Preventing Veteran Suicides

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

It is a responsibility of our whole society, especially of communities where veterans live and work. Yet, as many veterans attest, their struggle to come home after war is aggravated by civilians because we are largely clueless about what is truly required to bring people all the way home.

Reach Out to Stop Suicide

Lisa Firestone | Posted 11.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

All of us can do our part to prevent suicide. Reaching out means: first, paying attention and noticing when people are showing signs that they could be at risk, and second, taking the time to let people know we care.

A Suicide Prevention Solution Hiding in Plain Sight

John Henry Parker | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
John Henry Parker

The entire military and VA heath systems are operating with a major disconnect for Veterans and their families.