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Veteran Suicides in San Diego County: What Might Have Saved Them?

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At least 27 veterans under age 45 died by suicide in San Diego County during an 18-month period between 2014 and 2015. But this story is not about statistics. The San Diego Union-Tribune tracked down the families, friends and medical examiner records of these young veterans to learn what was troubling them. The answers are stark. The majorit... more

Is Your Military Teen at Risk for Suicide?

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I wish I had realized, before my son’s attempt on his life, that his abrupt change in behavior was actually an indication that something else was going on. I’ll be the first to admit that it was easier to dismiss what seemed to be “typical” teen behaviors rather than recognize them as the first sign of a more serious issue. And I wish I wer... more

Marine Takes Action to Prevent Suicide

Sgt. Raheem Boyd is recognized for his heroic actions during an American Hero Award ceremony aboard Morón Air Base, Spain, Dec. 23, 2015. (Photo: Staff Sgt. Vitaliy Rusavskiy)

MORON AIR BASE, Spain — Eight months ago, Marine Corps Sgt. Raheem Boyd was in his room on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, when he received a message from a fellow Marine telling him he had discovered suicidal posts on another Lejeune-based Marine’s Facebook page. “I checked that Marine’s page and saw one post that looked strange and made me want... more

Stigma of the 'Damaged Veteran' a Barrier to Treatment

Marine Sgt. Tristan Clinger. (MissingInAmerica.us)

While other families were looking forward to the holidays, Rachel Clinger was awaiting news of her husband, who had disappeared a week before Christmas from his New Jersey military base. The wait did not last long -- Marine Sgt. Tristan Clinger's body was found days later. Clinger, she said, had battled depression but feared he would be discha... more

IG Report: VA Botched Care of Marine Who Committed Suicide

Sgt. Jeremy P. Sears, left, a range coach with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, gives advice to a Marine during an unknown distance live-fire training exercise. Lance Cpl. Derrick Irions/Marine Corps

An internal investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs has found that the San Diego VA system botched its care of former Camp Pendleton Marine Jeremy Sears, who killed himself at an Oceanside gun range in October 2014. After Sears' suicide at age 35, his family, friends and some veterans advocates have questioned how the VA handled his... more

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