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Military Suicides

Actor Ken Wahl's Second Calling: Animals for Disabled Vets

Joan K. Smith | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Joan K. Smith

Ken Wahl says that his current activism is the most rewarding thing he's ever done, far beyond his acting career or Hollywood stardom. And he's not giving up soon.

Is Financial Stress Killing Our Soldiers?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 07.18.2014 | Money
BJ Gallagher

Money plays a role in the alarming rate of suicide in today's armed services. I sat down with Financial Planning magazine to find out more about how financial counseling might just save the lives of our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen.

Suicide, the VA, and Deja Vu All Over Again

Nan Levinson | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Nan Levinson

I wasn't exactly surprised when the email came from Joyce and Kevin Lucey. They've been sending emails like this for years, recounting what the Veterans Administration is -- and, more often, isn't -- doing to help veterans flailing about in search of care.

Military Makes Some Progress In Preventing Suicide

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides among Army National Guard and Reserve members increased last year, even as the number of active-duty troops across the mi...

In Reaching Budget Deal, Congress Turns its Back on Those Who Have Served

Christina Brown | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Christina Brown

When Congress returns from its holiday vacation in 2014, following an historic unproductive session, waiting for them should be a thunderous voice demanding results, not excuses, from the 23.2 million strong American veteran population.

Military Suicides Drop Significantly

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides across the military have dropped by more than 22 percent this year, defense officials said, amid an array o...

Why Everyone Should Be a Wingman

Sue Hoppin | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Sue Hoppin

In the military, fighter jets fly in formation, with the lead aircraft ahead and a backup plane off the right wing and behind. The wingman protects the lead pilot, watching his back. Each of us must be a wingman to the Veterans, service members and military families in our lives.

United by a Uniform: First Responders on The Front Lines of Suicide Prevention

Yost Zakhary | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Yost Zakhary

For many years, the prevailing culture among first responders, and members of the military and Veterans, has been stoicism. Whatever it was you'd gone through you'd better deal with quietly, deal with it alone and get back to work.

It Matters: This Suicide Prevention Month, Show Veterans They Matter

Dr. Janet Kemp | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Dr. Janet Kemp

Sometimes, something as simple as talking to a Veteran can help them open the door and rediscover what matters most in their life. Whether the Veteran you know has just returned home, or they served years ago, you can be there to support them and help them remember what matters.

Molly O'Toole

'It'll Hurt Less Than If I'm Alive'

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact

In just a year in the Army, Jessica Kenyon said she was sexually assaulted three different times, her trauma compounded by two botched rape investigat...

The American Red Cross Standing Tall Against Suicide

Sherri Brown | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Sherri Brown

Aiding our men and women in uniform has always been integral to the American Red Cross' mission. Today, the American Red Cross' professional, compassionate team staffs an Emergency Communications Center dedicated to the military community.

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.

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.

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.

Six Degrees of Broken Washington

Marjorie Morrison | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Marjorie Morrison

How do we fix something that is broken beyond our control? On the other hand, doing nothing is no longer an option. One of my favorite sayings is, "politics it too important to leave to the politicians."

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.

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.

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.

The Front Lines of Suicide Prevention

Jerry Evans | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Jerry Evans

Not only can we help Veterans take that first step to getting support, we provide an important resource for those already in care at times when the crisis is immediate. It's up to us to persuade callers not to give up, to show them that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.