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Veterans Suicide

The Urban-Rural Divide In Suicide Rates Is Big, And It's Growing

The New York Times | Chloe Angyal | Posted 11.03.2015 | Healthy Living

LARAMIE, WYO. — After her family moved from suburban New Hampshire to the wind-whipped plains of southeastern Wyoming, Monica Morin embraced small-t...

What American Sniper Helped Put a Spotlight On

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 04.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

Through the release of American Sniper, Americans unacquainted with the mental trials and tribulations veterans face once home can see, hear and emotionally feel just how powerful these unfortunate experiences are.

Tragedy or Pittance?

Jonathan Freeman | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Freeman

There is currently legislation in the Senate, known as the Clay Hunt SAV Act named for a Veteran lost to suicide. The cost is minimal, a drop in the bucket compared to the $1.1 trillion spending bill recently passed. But it's currently being held up by one man.

Fake Political Outrage Is the Real V.A. Scandal

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

When someone runs for office on a platform of cutting government services to pieces, it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that government services under their leadership have been cut to pieces

When It Comes to America's Veterans' Crisis, "Thank You For Your Service" Is Not Enough

Rep. Jim McDermott | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jim McDermott

Many veterans are desperate to talk about their experiences with fellow Americans who accept shared responsibility for what is done in war, particularly the killing. Yet these conversations rarely happen today.

Molly O'Toole

A Job Kept This Iraq Veteran From Hanging Himself | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact

Promethazine, zolpidem, nortriptyline, morphine, divalproex, metoprolol, prazosin, ibuprofen, diazepam, quetiapine, meperidine, trazodone, mirtazapine...

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 ...

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...

David Wood

Military Suicide Leaves Survivors Struggling With Shame, Guilt, Social Stigma | David Wood | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact

The first thing that Shanette Booker had to do, when she awoke one dawn to find that her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Andre Booker, had shot himself to de...

David Wood

'I Am A Suicide Survivor ... And I Am Not Embarrassed By It' | David Wood | Posted 09.23.2013 | 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...

David Wood

A Desperate Last Act Haunted By Missed Opportunities | David Wood | Posted 10.25.2013 | Impact

On the early evening of March 15, 2011, in the bedroom of a two-story red brick townhouse in Virginia Beach, Va., Navy Petty Officer Joshua Lipstein p...

David Wood

Army Sergeant Who Attempted Suicide: 'I Made A Mistake' | David Wood | Posted 09.11.2013 | Impact

As part of The Huffington Post's "Invisible Casualties" series, an exploration of military and veteran suicide prevention efforts, we invited veterans...

David Wood

After Suicide Attempt, A Military Vet Takes On A New Mission | 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...

David Wood

AUDIO: Relatives Of Vets Who Died By Suicide Tell Their Stories | David Wood | Posted 09.04.2013 | Impact

The tragedy of suicide is not only the loss of an individual, but the profound grief that is left when someone chooses to die by suicide. This summer,...

WATCH: Iraq War Vet Recounts His Breaking Point

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.03.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Approximately 8,000 veterans are thought to die by suicide each year, an 11 percent increase from 2007. Problems readjusting to civilian life, along w...

David Wood

Helping Military Families Cope With Suicide: A Wife's Perspective | David Wood | Posted 09.03.2013 | 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...

David Wood

'I Wasn't The Same Guy, And I Didn't Understand It' | David Wood | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact

DURHAM, N.C. -- A story Mike McMichael's grandma told him when he was young probably saved his life. But that was years after he had grown up to be a ...

David Wood

Military And Veteran Suicides Rise Despite Aggressive Prevention Efforts | 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...

Building and Strengthening Connectedness to Prevent Suicide Among Veterans

Kimberly Williams | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Kimberly Williams

As individuals and community members, we all have an important role in helping our veterans to feel more connected to their communities, their families, their work and play, in ways that bring some sense of worth and meaning to their lives.

Veterans National Groundhog Day

Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Mark C. Russell, Ph.D., ABPP

After the nation once again took pause to honor generational sacrifices of its warrior class this past Memorial Day, an unknown, but no-less important anniversary date looms: June 16 -- Veterans National Groundhog Day!

Military Suicides Rise, Despite 900 Programs

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

Not facing and addressing the appropriate depth of experience is ill-informed and borders on malpractice. The more things change, the saying goes, more they stay the same. As more and more die by their own hand. It is shameful.

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.

AMERICAN TRAGEDY: One Military Suicide Every Hour

Reuters | Posted 08.21.2013 | World

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The most extensive study yet by the U.S. government on suicide among military veterans shows more veterans are killing...

Sacrifices for Our Freedom

Matt Stiner | Posted 01.10.2013 | Impact
Matt Stiner

On this Veterans Day, as we honor the men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom, we must focus our attention on those veterans whose own freedom has been lost to incarceration due to substance abuse, mental illness, and trauma.

Deploy an Army of Mental Health Professionals to Serve Our Veterans

Michele Nealon-Woods | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Michele Nealon-Woods

We need an army of mental health professionals deployed to serve active duty service members, veterans, their families and even their immediate communities. Professionals must specialize in the specific climate of the military and the population so they apply treatments that work.