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Veteran Suicide

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

After Afghanistan

Luke Jensen | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Luke Jensen

I assumed now that I was back in a controlled environment surrounded by my loved ones my problems would go away. Instead I was destroying property in my house, punching holes in the wall and scaring my children.

David Wood

Military And Veteran Suicides Rise Despite Aggressive Prevention Efforts

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- The good news: most people with military service never consider suicide. Contrary to popular perception, there is no "epidemic" of milit...

David Wood

Free, Confidential Help For Those At Risk Of Suicide

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact

If you or someone you know is at risk or is considering suicide, free and confidential help is available. The most important thing you can do for some...

David Wood

Warning Signs Someone May Be At Risk Of Suicide

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 09.03.2013 | Impact

People at risk of suicide display warning signs. It's important to learn these signs, be alert to them and know what to do next. Most suicides come du...

Ways To Thanks Vets This Fourth Of July

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact

Although we should show our gratitude every chance we get, the Fourth of July is an especially profound time to thank the nation's military community ...

Combatting Wrath With Patience: 7 Virtues + 7 Vices For Our Vets

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Faced with joblessness, homelessness and severe emotional scarring, many of our veterans are getting pretty angry -- and rightfully so. The problem is, this deadly sin has a track record for making problems worse, and the last thing our warriors deserve is more turmoil coloring their new post-war normal.

The Mission Rolls On...

K. Lorrel Manning and Michael Cuomo | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
K. Lorrel Manning and Michael Cuomo

Happy New Year takes a bold look at the ugly issue of veteran suicide that is affecting so many of our warriors today. When we began this project, the statistic for veteran suicides was 18 per day. As of February of this year, the number has risen to 22 per day. We can no longer ignore it.

A Flag Raising Tradition to Honor America's Fallen Heroes

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Memorial Day is a unique and special holiday for many reasons. However, unlike others, the American flag is lowered to half-staff until noon, when it is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

Katy Hall

LOOK: Veteran Suicides Outpace Child Gun Deaths

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

Memorial Day commemorates the U.S. soliders who lost their lives in service. It's also a time to recognize a growing but less visible group of fallen ...

5 Growing Problems Veterans Face (And What's Being Done)

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg & Jessica Prois | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact

Ten years after the U.S. first invaded Iraq, returning troops are filing for disability benefits, seeking education and employment assistance and stru...

Looking for Answers, Defending the Defenders

Georgette Mosbacher | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Georgette Mosbacher

One a day. That's the suicide rate among military veterans, the highest ever recorded, as documented by the Pentagon earlier this year. It is completely unacceptable.

A Veteran's Suicide on 60 Minutes: Lessons Learned?

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

The 60 Minutes piece last Sunday on the life and death of Clay Hunt, a Marine who earned a Purple Heart serving in the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, demonstrated how much we have yet to learn about the epidemic of suicide in our returning troops and veterans.

13,000 More Names to the List

Matthew Hoh | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

The true measure of our society and the mark of who we are, not just as compassionate citizens but as responsible decision makers, is how we will choose to honor and remember those young men and women who have returned from overseas wars of our choosing broken, changed and sick.

24 Hours of Suicide

Stacy Bare | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Stacy Bare

Starting at midnight tonight, and spacing out each suicide at intervals of 65 or 66 minutes, the timeline herein matches up with the number of veterans who will commit suicide over the next 24 hours.

Boy, 7, Writes Inspiring Messages On Post-It Notes To Help Suicidal Vets

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.07.2013 | Impact

When John Murray Jr. spotted the word “suicide” on a poster at an Army health center, a simple question turned into a big movement. Thinking t...