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Veteran Suicide

Finding Hope Amid Devastating Loss: A Military Widow Who Lost Her Marine to Suicide Shares Her Story

Kim Ruocco | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Kim Ruocco

While most military deaths are traumatic and violent in nature, suicide poses special issues that the parents, spouses, children, siblings and other family members must grapple with. It's extremely important that we get these families into bereavement care and support following a death.

The Problem Is War

Madison West | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Madison West

I learned of extreme poverty and violence "over there" in the Army. When I came home I saw it in my own country. I continue to ask myself, how can we spend trillions to kill human beings and next to nothing on healing them? I joined the military to make the world a better place. Not destroy it.

If We Build It, Warriors Will Come

Jeni McKenna | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Jeni McKenna

It was a remarkable transformation to witness, and I have had the pleasure of seeing this kind of magic happen again and again because of Jake and the work he has done tirelessly, with much help, for the next group of returning Veterans who come and give us what is literally a last chance at saving their lives, in Malibu.

Molly O'Toole

An Army Captain's Recurring Nightmare From Afghanistan | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.27.2013 | Impact

"I'm gagged, I'm tied up, I can't speak. I'm in some sort of cave cell. And I see a girl in another corner of the cell, like a 7-year-old girl, and I ...

Intrusive Leadership and Saving Lives

Brian Hawthorne | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Brian Hawthorne

I serve as a noncommissioned officer in the Army Reserve, and during a drill weekend last year, I led a discussion with Soldiers on mental health. It was not an easy talk. Service members are expected to embody strength and toughness.

Faithfully Serving Those Who Serve: Maryland Houses of Worship Lift Up National Guardsmen

Chaplain William Sean Lee | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Chaplain William Sean Lee

When we bring religious groups into the circle of resources available to those who serve, we can better support Guardsmen and women spread across the state, some of whom live hours from the nearest U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) facility.

Molly O'Toole

Half Her Life Lost To Rape, But Still Serving | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.26.2013 | Impact

Terri Odom looked out on the National Press Club room full of reporters, veterans, advocates and members of Congress where she had been invited to spe...

The Domestic Enemy

Captain Brandon J. Bettis | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Captain Brandon J. Bettis

While SSG Montgomery's story is not unique, it does paint an all too common picture within the ranks of the US Army. A Soldier commits suicide, and the survivors are left with countless questions. Questions that will probably never get answered.

Preventing Veteran Suicide At The State Level

Coleman Nee | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Coleman Nee

If we are to achieve our goals, we must all work together to help veterans receive the benefits and compassion they have earned at every level of government and society.

Mefloquine: The Military's Suicide Pill

Dr. Remington Nevin | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Dr. Remington Nevin

We owe it this generation of veterans to recognize the neurological and psychiatric effects of mefloquine neurotoxicity alongside PTSD and TBI for what they are: the third signature injury of modern war.

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.