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Military Suicides

Military Suicides: An Epidemic We Must Stop

Chaplain Mark R. Johnston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chaplain Mark R. Johnston

I have deployed and experienced firsthand the aftermath of soldiers returning home from war. With numbers of these men and women wounded mentally, emotionally and psychologically, devastation is often not far off.

Army Suicides Hit Record Number In June | Jim Miklaszewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The U.S. Army on Thursday reported a record number of suicides in a single month among active duty, Guard and Reserve troops, despite an aggressive pr...

Pentagon Joins Suicide Prevention Coalition

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Struggling with sharp increases in suicides among U.S. military forces, the Pentagon is joining a new national effort to reduce the...

Pat Tillman's Family Is Not Alone

Cilla McCain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cilla McCain

There are hundreds of military families determined to convince the U.S. government of the need for a major overhaul on the investigative policies and procedures in unattended soldier deaths.

Military Suicides Require New Prevention Office, Congressional Task Force Tells Pentagon

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Rushing to stem historically high rates of military suicides, the service branches set up prevention programs that lacked strategic...

Chaplains and Religion Substituted for Professional Mental Health Care in the Military

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

The military's practice of substituting religion for professional mental health care for PTSD and suicide prevention has become increasingly frequent, with alarming reports coming in from active duty troops and veterans.

Congressman Accuses Veterans' Agency Of Being Tight-Lipped On Military Suicides

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The chairman of a House panel that oversees the Veterans Affairs Department has asked VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to explain an appa...

PBS's 'This Emotional Life': Memorial Day -- Remembering Military Suicides

Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D.

For some families, this Memorial Day will be especially hard. Their loved ones didn't die the hero's death. They were one of 160 soldiers last year who committed suicide, despite the military's unprecedented effort to stem the tide.

Stigma Ain't What It Used To Be

Joe Pantoliano | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joe Pantoliano

On the flight back to JFK, I was consumed with thoughts about the plight of the soldiers, my own journey, and mental dis-ease, the taboo topic that had brought our paths together.

Marcus Baram

Family Of Suicide Soldier Still Waiting For Condolence Letter From Obama | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last August, Gregg Keesling was at home watching President Obama's speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in which the president stated that one of hi...

Why Obama Doesn't Write Families Of Soldiers Who Commit Suicide

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Wednesday's Wall Street Journal reports on a longstanding White House policy that Presidents do not send condolence letters to families of U.S. soldie...

US Military Suicides Rise, Despite Prevention Efforts

McClatchy | Halimah Abdullah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Eight years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have etched indelible scars on the psyches of many of the nation's servicemen and women, and ...

Soldier Suicides This Year To Top Those In 2008

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Soldier suicides this year are almost sure to top last year's grim totals, but a recent decline in the pace of such incidents could...

While Dying, Editor & Publisher Showed Journalism How To Live

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Will Bunch

While I greatly mourn E&P's passing, I want to call attention to the splendor of its final years, when it died like a supernova, with a great burst of energy.

Congressional Hearings On Antidepressant-Induced Suicide In The Military

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry continue to have a stranglehold on the treatment of active duty soldiers who become stressed.

See No Evil

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The heavily armed, trained killer was "under stress" when he raped, then murdered a 14-year-old girl and tried to burn her body, after having murdered her parents and 7-year-old sister.

Sentencing of Steve Green in Abeer Death, Command Structure In Iraq

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gail McGowan Mellor

Enlisted people moreover are only one dimension. The truly dangerous distortion is at the top, in the command structures.

Army Suicides Increase Again

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Army soldiers committed suicide in 2007 at the highest rate on record, and the toll is climbing ever higher this year as long war d...