One of the Greatest Weapons in the Miltary’s Arsenal was Useless Without the Head space and Timing Gauge. Veterans Can Be Rendered Inoperable if their Headspace and Timing is Not Set Correctly As Well.

Mental Health from a Combat Veteran Perspective

Make Enough Noise about Veteran Suicide and We Might Make a Difference

Make Enough Noise about Veteran Suicide and We Might Make a Difference

A single drumbeat, by a solitary drummer, will not create enough noise to shake the rafters of a nation. It could, though. If joined by enough drummers, beating with different rhythms for different reasons, at different paces and with beats strong and soft, these beats will join together to create a sound that will shakeRead more about Make Enough Noise about Veteran Suicide and We Might Make a Difference[…]

Combating Veteran Suicides: Increase Postvention Support

Combating Veteran Suicides: Increase Postvention Support

This is the sixth of a series of posts looking at how to impact the veteran suicide epidemic using a public health approach. You can see the original overview post here.  When we’re talking about reducing service member, veteran, and military family (SMVF) suicide, we have to acknowledge the fact that it’s happening. We can’tRead more about Combating Veteran Suicides: Increase Postvention Support[…]

Combating Veteran Suicides: Increase Lethal Means Safety

Combating Veteran Suicides: Increase Lethal Means Safety

This is the sixth of a series of posts looking at how to impact the veteran suicide epidemic using a public health approach. You can see the original overview post here.  Not all suicide prevention methods are without controversey. Whether they should or shouldn’t be isn’t important; the fact is that lethal means safety isRead more about Combating Veteran Suicides: Increase Lethal Means Safety[…]

Combating Veteran Suicides: Improving Access to Responsive Care

Combating Veteran Suicides: Improving Access to Responsive Care

This is the fifth of a series of posts looking at how to impact the veteran suicide epidemic using a public health approach. You can see the original overview post here.  Several years ago, a veteran walked into their local Vet Center the Friday after Christmas. They’d been out of the military for a coupleRead more about Combating Veteran Suicides: Improving Access to Responsive Care[…]

Combating Veteran Suicides: Improving Education and Awareness

Combating Veteran Suicides: Improving Education and Awareness

This is the fourth of a series of posts looking at how to impact the veteran suicide epidemic using a public health approach. You can see the original overview post here.  In the last year before I retired from the Army, I was an instructor for a suicide prevention and awareness program called Applied SuicideRead more about Combating Veteran Suicides: Improving Education and Awareness[…]

Combating Veteran Suicides: Increasing Economic Stability

Combating Veteran Suicides: Increasing Economic Stability

This is the third of a series of posts looking at how to impact the veteran suicide epidemic using a public health approach. You can see the original overview post here.  I have seen this over and over again: a veteran’s psychological wellbeing is directly tied to their economic wellbeing. It’s a critical aspect ofRead more about Combating Veteran Suicides: Increasing Economic Stability[…]

Searching for a Solution to Veteran Suicides: A Public Health Approach

Searching for a Solution to Veteran Suicides: A Public Health Approach

The veteran suicide epidemic is persistent, and growing. Within a five day period from the 6th to the 10th of April, the end result of the nation’s inability to adequately address this problem was on full display. Three veterans took their own lives in a highly visible way, in a very public place: their localRead more about Searching for a Solution to Veteran Suicides: A Public Health Approach[…]

National Suicide Awareness Month 2018

National Suicide Awareness Month 2018

September is National Suicide Awareness Month. In a recent conversation, an acquaintance questioned the need for all of these “awareness months.” Why a specific month for checking on your buddy? Why not all the time? Absolutely correct, of course, but having a specific time period that brings it into the national consciousness is one thatRead more about National Suicide Awareness Month 2018[…]