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Suicide Prevention

Senator's Hold Threatens Clay Hunt Veteran Suicide Legislation

Clay Hunt (Photo: IAVA)

Veterans groups and military associations are blasting a move by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, intended to scuttle a veterans' suicide prevention bill that has already passed in the House with strong bipartisan support. The GOP lawmaker put a hold on the $22 million bill, which he opposes on grounds it has no offsets in spending elsewhere and... more

Navy: Store Guns of Sailors at Risk of Suicide

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

In hopes of stemming suicides, the Navy this week formally advised commanders to ask sailors thought to be at risk of harming themselves to voluntarily turn over personal firearms for temporary safekeeping. The Navy stressed that no one will be required to give up a personal weapon, and the guidance shouldn't be seen as an attempt to infringe o... more

Senators Join House with Veteran Anti-Suicide Bill

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A bipartisan group of Senators has introduced legislation they say will combat suicide among veterans by improving and consolidating current suicide prevention programs and eliminating those considered ineffective. The bill also aims to attract more psychiatrists to work at the Department of Veterans Affairs, make it easier for those needing me... more

Army Captain with Cancer Spreads Word about Suicide Prevention

MACHIAS, Maine -- The story of Army Capt. Justin Fitch, who is fighting terminal colon cancer and for the lives of others in uniform by advocating for suicide prevention, spurred local retired Navy Corpsman Shawn Goodwin to take action. Goodwin organized Saturday's all-terrain vehicle event, Machias ATV Ride for a Reason, to benefit Active Hero... more

Navy Officer Works Past Depression to Live Fulfilling Life

Yoga practice at sunset.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Defense's American Forces Press Service issued the following news: This month is Suicide Prevention Month, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said preventing military suicides is one of the Defense Department's highest priorities. "As we observe Suicide Prevention Month," he said in a message to the... more

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