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4 Veterans From One Indiana Guard Unit Have Committed Suicide

Indiana National Guard Soldiers of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team's 163rd Field Artillery unit travel on a fire truck headed to the Evansville National Guard armory, where thousands of family and friends await their arrival Nov. 23, 2008. DoD photo

April James spent hours at Justin's grave. In Iraq, the two National Guard soldiers needed each other to survive. That continued, in a different way, after they came home. Overwhelmed and grieving, they leaned on each other. But it wasn't enough. In November 2013 Sgt. Justin Williams killed himself. He was 25. On a warm spring day 18 months ... more

Veteran Suicide in America: An Unspeakable Epidemic

When life gets difficult, suicide can seem like the only way out. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Steven White)

Veteran Suicide in America: An Unspeakable Epidemic There are 36,000 suicides in the United States each year.  That’s almost 100 a day.  Veterans make up 22 of those daily suicides, and that number has continued to increase over the past ten years.  The veteran population is 23 million (7 percent of the population).  If you are a veteran, ... more

VA Doctor Talks About Suicide Prevention Efforts

VA Crisis Line Helps Veterans In Need

Recently sat down with Dr. Caitlin Thompson, the Deputy Director of Suicide Prevention at the VA, and asked her some questions about the efforts of the VA to help stop veteran suicides. Questions for Dr. Thompson 1. You don't have a military background. What about working with Veterans made you want to continue supporting this... more

Former Marine Shares Story to Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention

Jacob Schick shares his story to raise awareness for suicide prevention. (U.S. Marine Corps/ Lance Cpl. David Staten)

DALLAS — As Jacob and David were walking into a 7-Eleven, a homeless man approached them begging for money. Jacob reached into his pocket, pulled out a five-dollar bill and gave it to the homeless man. When the man reached for it, Jacob maintained a tight grasp. The man suddenly turned and looked up at Jacob, holding the bill tightly. Jacob l... more

VA's Veterans Crisis Line Launches New Program

Outreach for depression.

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. That's The Power of 1. Developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to increase awareness of suicide prevention resources such as the Veterans Crisis Line, The Power of 1 campaign shows how one small act can make a big difference in the life of someone going through a difficu... more

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