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Veteran Suicides

Some Veterans Need Help -- That's Our Job

David Wood | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
David Wood

It's been five years since Jacob Sexton, a soldier with the Indiana National Guard, came home with nightmares after two combat deployments, and on a Monday evening in a movie theater with family and friends, killed himself with a pistol shot. He was 21-years-old. The story is horrifying, and sadly familiar. On this day, we pause to honor the 21.9 million living Americans who have served in uniform. We might also remember the estimated 8,000 veterans and 475 active duty, reserve and National Guard men and women who took their own lives last year in the ongoing tragedy of military and veteran suicide. Jacob's death, like the others, could have been prevented.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Senate Democrat: Preventing Veteran Suicide Is 'The Cost Of War'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) posed a question to his colleagues on Capitol Hill this Sunday: If lawmakers are willing to spend billions of ...

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.

Turning Loss Into Love: Dedicating My Life to Preventing Veteran Suicide

Kellie LaFave | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Kellie LaFave

My business card says Suicide Prevention Coordinator, but I consider myself a life preservationist. I connect people with the right benefits, a mental health counselor -- or I simply listen.

Veterans, Suicide Prevention + Our Nation's Call of Duty

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

How do we prevent these suicides? With more of our courageous warriors dying by their own hand than on the battlefield, it's obvious that our current approach isn't working.

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...

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 ...

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...

New Report Shows Staggering Veteran Suicide Rate

AP | KEVIN FREKING | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The number of veterans who commit suicide each day is more than 20 percent higher than the Department of Veterans Affairs has previously...

Soldiers Are Not Heroes, They're Humans

Derek Flood | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Derek Flood

Our bumper stickers say "support our troops," but if we really care about our service men and women then we need to wake up to the very real fact that many of them have had their worlds shattered.

Time for Plain Talk About Rising Rates of Suicide in the Military

Shad Meshad | Posted 10.21.2012 | Impact
Shad Meshad

The emotional wounds of war don't heal with drugs. Isn't it time we tried something else? And if so, what's out there for us to use to heal our warriors? The simplest answer might surprise you.

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman: 'We've Got 18 Vets A Day Who Are Killing Themselves'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival this weekend, giving a candid assessment of the growing p...

Step-Up Now or Suit-Up Later: The Choice Is Ours

Mike Haynie | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Mike Haynie

Supporting our military, veterans and their families cannot begin and end with yellow ribbons, TV specials, and a few rounds of applause. Veterans want, need, and deserve more.

How Do We Repair the Souls of Those Returning from Iraq?

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 12.26.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

The hidden wounds of war do not heal when left unattended; instead, they may fester for years in depression, homelessness, addiction, and a half-lived existence finished by suicide.

Post-War Veteran Suicides May Exceed Combat Deaths: U.S.

Bloomberg | Avram Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The number of suicides among veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may exceed the combat death toll because of inadequate mental health care, the U...