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Suicide Prevention

New Data, But No New Names for Vets' Suicide Prevention Organizations

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What do actor Cuba Gooding Jr., comedian Rob Riggle and mixed martial arts hall-of-famer Randy Couture have in common? They've all been known to publicly sport black rings on their index fingers inscribed with "22Kill" -- a slogan designed to raise awareness about the number of veterans who take their own lives every day. That 22-per-day number... more

VA Puts Latest Estimate of Veteran Suicides at 20 Per Day

In this Dec. 14, 2015, file photo, Department of Veterans Affairs for Health Undersecretary Dr. David Shulkin, center, talks with attendees prior to testifying about the current state of the VA Medical Center in Phoenix. Ross D. Franklin/AP

WASHINGTON -- On average, 20 veterans a day committed suicide in 2014, a slight decrease from the previous government estimate, but federal health officials are cautious about concluding the suicide problem is getting better. Rather, they say the Department of Veterans Affairs is relying on a more comprehensive database than ever before, making... more

Mount Everest Climb Was Personal for Fort Carson Officer

Elyse Ping Medvigy on Mount Everest (Photo: USX)

An intestinal infection had left her feeling sicker than ever, and once again Gary Medvigy and Christine Ping tried to persuade their daughter to not climb Mount Everest. Doctors said Army Capt. Elyse Ping Medvigy was more likely to die than reach the top, let alone safely descend. Talking to her parents via a satellite phone late last week fr... more

A Look at Suicide Prevention

One in five people will experience at least one episode of major depression in their lifetime. If you know anyone showing extensive signs of depression with a possible risk of suicide, remember the acronym ACT — "Ask, Care, and Treat." ACT stands for: Ask someone if they are thinking of suicide; Care enough to listen, offer hope, and not be judg... more

Retired General and Wife on Mission to Prevent Suicide

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

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- After losing one son to suicide and another to a roadside bomb in Iraq just eight months later, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Mark Graham implored those gathered inside Central Connecticut State University's Torp Theatre last week (April 11) to help banish the stigma surrounding suicide and mental illness among veterans and military ser... more

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