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How Stop Soldier Suicide’s numbers add up to helping Veterans.

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: October 9, 2016

The value of our program is that we STAY CONNECTED with our clients by initiating the calls. We are averaging nearly 12 calls per client this year alone. If you or someone you love deserves a better path for their life, please connect with us.

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Media Reporting and Veteran Suicide

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: October 6, 2016

Watching the news during this election cycle doesn’t inform me – it just pisses me off. The Winners and Losers Veterans are not political pawns. I am not interested in how talking points are manipulated for one side or the other, and that is all I seem to see on the news today. Here is …Read More

Reason #2: The Economic Justification

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: September 21, 2016

We can’t afford this kind of program. The government would never do it, it would cost too much. I had the opportunity to work in the Pentagon for two years. Through that experience, I learned the primacy of the almighty dollar. There are hundreds of great “ideas” in DC, but without money, they are just …Read More

What Do Fuel Pumps & Suicide Prevention Have In Common?

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: August 16, 2016

On the surface, the short answer to this question is nothing. Zero. Precision machining and manufacturing has absolutely nothing to do with addressing the problem of military-related suicide. However, the quality of any organization is measured in the character and spirit of their people. On that level, precision machining has a lot to do with the …Read More

How Much Does Inspiration Cost?

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: July 22, 2016

I received a letter in the mail several days ago, and both the picture and the message were priceless. It was different than most because I could hear the familiar sound of change shifting inside the letter. We get a lot of mail at Stop Soldier Suicide, but in the 9 months I have been …Read More

Part 3 – Why We Respond The Way We Do – The Mind

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: June 24, 2016

The War Within: Why We Respond The Way We Do – The Mind “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.” Dwight D. Eisenhower One day in particular stays with me . . . I did not routinely fly …Read More

Part 2: Why We Respond This Way – The Body

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: June 23, 2016

Part 2: Why We Respond This Way – The Body The basic reason why service members and Veterans respond this way is actually very simple: It is both expected and normal. Yep. I know what you are thinking. What you are experiencing is nothing you ever expected, and there is no way you believe the …Read More

Why Your Veteran Loved One Won’t Talk To You

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: June 22, 2016

Part 1: Why Your Veteran Loved One Won’t Talk to You “He wouldn’t open up. I tried . . . I tried so hard it hurt. Now, he is gone forever. If he would’ve just talked to me, I could have helped him . . .” Suicide survivors are left behind in a haze of shock …Read More

Commit to a Living Memorial

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: May 27, 2016

When you or a member of your family serves (or have served) in the military, Memorial Day becomes something different.  We know the faces of those we have lost. We recognize the names. We are still close to the family and friends. For many of us, we live Memorial Day – EVERY day of our …Read More

What Stigma? An Explanation to Why the Stigma Exists

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: April 21, 2016

  You’ve heard it before – the Stigma: The negative perception of weakness and exclusion attached to any service member who admits to conditions of anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or another, related deployment health condition. The Stigma represents the most formidable barrier for service members seeking mental, behavioral, or related emotional health services. To understand the strong foundation …Read More

Join The Solution: January-March 2016 Quarterly Update

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: April 12, 2016

  In January, 2016, we launched our strategy to end military-related suicide, and this is our January-March 2016 Quarterly Update. Approaching 600 Clients Our client total will surpass 600 by the end of this month! We have been holding steady at about 24 new clients a month – which is simply not good enough given the need. …Read More

The ‘Crisis Gap’ That Is Destroying the Lives of Our Veterans

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: March 31, 2016

What is the Crisis Gap? The Crisis Gap is a consequence of military to civilian transition. It is the point where services and support from the Department of Defense ends and the services and support from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) begins. In an ideal setting, support should be continuous and the transition should …Read More

The Relationship Between Running Shoes and Deployment

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: March 22, 2016

How Many Deployments Is Too Many? After my last, year-long deployment, I took to running. I was never a runner before, and to be honest, I did it as a promise to my wife. We wanted to share in an activity that we both could enjoy. Admittedly, I did not enjoy this activity at first. …Read More

Veteran Crisis Response Training Proves Veteran Lives Matter

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: March 14, 2016

What Does a Veteran’s Crisis Situation Look Like?  Imagine this: A combat Veteran, with diagnosed or un-diagnosed conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress, Anxiety, or Traumatic Brain Injury. His only source of income is the education stipend he receives from the GI Bill. He can’t hold a job because he doesn’t sleep at night, and when he …Read More

What is a Remedy for Suicide?

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: March 2, 2016

Inspiration. If you want an example of inspiration, I would like to introduce you to Helene Dumais . . . On her website, Helene has a great quote about the Devil soiling himself in her presence. Helene is an adventure and ultra-marathon junky who loves hearing people tell her “no.” How does she respond? By punching …Read More

How to Start Healing from PTS and Anxiety

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: February 25, 2016

I don’t know the first thing about horses. When you tell someone who has no knowledge or experience with horses that a single day in the round-pen with a horse can be a first step toward healing and learning to trust again, I tend to have my doubts. But I saw it happen . . …Read More

Why the VA Crisis Line Story Should Bother You

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: February 18, 2016

I think we can agree that the VA Crisis Line story  – crisis calls going to voicemail – bothers each of us. What we might not agree on are the reasons why this story is so disturbing. Sure, I want what I think we all want. When a Veteran calls the crisis line, someone is there …Read More

How Can One Veteran Help Another Veteran?

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: February 17, 2016

Share your story. That is most powerful way one Veteran can help another Veteran.   I know it is hard to talk about, and I discuss that in this interview. It took a dear friend, a mentor who was willing to share his own, honest struggle with PTS before I sought assistance for my own anxiety. …Read More

Case Management: What Does It Look Like?

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: February 16, 2016

“I like the name, ‘Stop Soldier Suicide’, but what does your case management look like? What do you guys do?” We don’t provide treatment, and we don’t provide counseling. We are not a crisis center, so I think it fair to wonder what exactly we do in our Resource Center. Here’s the answer: We connect …Read More

Why is the Military-Related Suicide Problem NOT improving

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: February 9, 2016

The military-related suicide problem is not improving.  In fact, the Department of Defense Quarterly Report on suicide suggests that the numbers are trending in the wrong direction. How could this be? With the expansion of services from the Department of Veteran Affairs and the influx of tens of millions of dollars, how are we not …Read More

Today is Veteran’s Day, but what will you do tomorrow?

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: November 11, 2015

It is a day of gratitude. It is a day when we take a pause in our busy lives and spend time thinking of the men and women who volunteered to defend our nation, our values, and our way of life. Today, you will see Service members on camera. Today, you will hear organizations give …Read More

A Veteran Remembers 9/11

Author: Shawn Jones
Date: September 11, 2015

Today marks the anniversary of the most deadly terror attack that happened on U.S. soil.  We lost 2,977 mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends and battle buddies, which solidified us as a nation and let the world see our determination and unity when confronted with adversity. President Bush best described it when he said, “Today, our …Read More

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Losing Mark: My story of military suicide

Author: laura black
Date: September 4, 2015

Written By Karen Richards Nichols. In memory of her husband, Mark, who tragically took his life in 2014. We all know the statistic: Every day 22 veterans take their lives. As a nation, we have recognized the issue, assistance programs are in place. Things have changed, but too many veterans were taught “PTSD is for …Read More

Suicide Prevention Month: A Military Veteran’s Journey into Transcendental Meditation

Author: Nick Black
Date: September 2, 2015

I’m a Veteran and a Founder of Stop Soldier Suicide. When our Chief Marketing Officer asked me to write a blog for Suicide Prevention Month, I groaned. I don’t read blogs. But then it hit me, I could write about my recent experience with meditation—Transcendental Meditation (TM). An old commander once told me, “The first …Read More

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Apply for 3 paid slots with VetCorps and work with Stop Soldier Suicide

Author: laura black
Date: June 25, 2015

NC VetCorps is a division of AmeriCorps International that serves the Veteran community in North Carolina. We are currently working with NC VetCorps to fill needed positions within our organization. These paid, typically fulltime slots, are to assist us in working with Veterans in need nationally who reach out to us for help.   You must …Read More

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A Veteran’s Perspective on Veterans Day

Author: Shawn Jones
Date: November 11, 2014

Today is Veterans Day– a day we use for  rest and free time with friends and family, possibly even cooking out on the grill.  Ask yourselves though what is the meaning of this day and how or what can I do to embrace this day.  Let’s look at the history just briefly. World War I …Read More

Looking for Veterans Who Want to Help Save Veterans From Suicide

Author: laura black
Date: October 8, 2014

Stop Soldier Suicide is looking for Veterans who want to volunteer to run Chapters in the North Carolina areas around Raleigh/Durham, The Triad, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Wilmington and others. With 22+ Veterans taking their lives EACH DAY, we must do all we can to be supportive of our fellow brothers and sisters in arms.  SSS have …Read More

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The tragedy that is veteran suicide: Jim Medige, failed by the “system” created to help him.

Author: laura black
Date: September 19, 2014

This is a blog from a friend, Pam Garnett, of  SPC James Medige. His brother sent it to us to  honor Jim who took his life on August 16, 2014, and in the hopes this story can help save others in their time of need.  AUTHOR: Pam Garnett (See original article) The day that I …Read More

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Combat Traumatic Brain Injuries Part of Veteran Suicide Trigger

Author: laura black
Date: September 3, 2014

Our Guest Blogger is Dr. Carol Henricks, neurologist, from Tucson, AZ. Dr. Henricks has been a supporter of our war-torn Veterans for many years and in her practice, sees many patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). She has a protocol in place that includes nutrition, supplements and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She is planning a media …Read More

Social media and veteran suicide: 12 things I’ve learned about saving our Veterans

Author: laura black
Date: September 2, 2014

Article author Laura Black is the Chief marketing Officer for Stop Soldier Suicide and handles the organization’s social media. She is a 25+ year marketing veteran who works to help raise awareness of the growing epidemic that is veteran suicide. Her stepson is an active duty Army CPT at Ft. Bragg. When I started helping …Read More

Suicide Prevention Month. Veterans, remember, you are never alone.

Author: Shawn Jones
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Article author Shawn Jones is a 20-year Veteran of the Air Force and Army, now retired. He has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and his Master’s degree in Social Work. He writes this article to his brothers and sisters in arms so they know there is a place to turn to, no matter what. As …Read More

June 27, 2014, is NATIONAL PTSD AWARENESS DAY, but does it really help?

Author: laura black
Date: June 27, 2014

We have these national days to bring more awareness to issues like PTSD, but do you think they help? Has it helped you in any way? We try to use EVERY DAY to bring awareness to the epidemic numbers of us who are taking their lives because of PTSD or TBI or depression or you …Read More

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The Myths of War and Bringing Veterans Back from Post Traumatic Stress

Author: laura black
Date: May 23, 2014

There are so many articles written about PTS (Post Traumatic Stress). So many organizations trying to help Veterans who are suffering. With an estimated 30-40% of returning warriors diagnosed  with PTS and then another unknown percentage undiagnosed, we all feel helpless at times when considering the battle to fight it. Our organization connects Veterans and …Read More

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Honoring a WWII Fighter Pilot: Jerry Yellin, Gets His Stop Soldier Suicide “Wings.”

Author: laura black
Date: April 22, 2014

JERRY YELLIN, FORMER WWII FIGHTER PILOT, HONORED AT STOP SOLDIER SUICIDE TASTE FOR LIFE EVENT APRIL 3, 2014. We recently held our Taste For Life wine tasting and silent auction event in Arlington, VA, to raise awareness and funds to help fight the military suicide epidemic. Jerry Yellin, noted author and speaker, volunteered his time …Read More

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PROFILE: Veterans, You Can Get Your Life Back After TBI/PTS

Author: laura black
Date: April 21, 2014

Navy Veteran Tom Grob, Reached Out to Stop Soldier Suicide To Get the Help He Needed.(Pictured with SSS Chief Marketing Officer, Laura Black) Tom Grob is a believer. He wasn’t a few months ago, however. When Tom reached out to SSS, he had been    suffering  for 20+ years with PTS/TBI symptoms like anger, nightmares, headaches, …Read More

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Interviews to raise awareness of PTSD and Veteran and Soldier Suicide

Author: laura black
Date: November 10, 2013

I was honored to give an interview to NPR locally in North Carolina about Stop Soldier Suicide’s Movie Night For Life event, and Brian Kinsella, CEO, was featured on WILKOW! on Veterans Day to talk about PTSD and suicide awareness. We’re pushing the buttons and demanding our voices be heard to help stem the tragedy …Read More

The scary truth about soldier and veteran suicides

Author: laura black
Date: October 25, 2013

Bryan Bowman, a veteran in Ohio, posted some pictures on our Facebook the other day. We shared them. They were scary. But true. He made 22 tombstones and put them in his yard to help raise awareness of the epidemic numbers of Veterans and Soldiers who are taking their lives EVERY DAY in our country. …Read More

A Tidal Wave of Military Suicides is Coming

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: September 24, 2013

Recently I was asked to write an article for the Huffington Post about my experience with Soldier suicide for Suicide Prevention Month. My fear and the reality of the situation is that there is a “tidal wave” of military suicides coming and we have to be prepared to help these men and women in the …Read More

A Soldier’s Story: What’s Worse Than Everything I’ve Seen in War?

Author: adam.buchanan
Date: September 17, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of blogs from Stop Soldier Suicide team members. Author Adam Buchanan is the Director of Outreach for Stop Soldier Suicide. Want to know what I have seen as a Soldier? What I have done as my duty? This might be too graphic for some, but there’s …Read More

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Using Military Inspired Neckties To Raise $20,000 To Help Veterans

Author: laura black
Date: September 16, 2013

Suicide Sucks. Over the years I’ve seen how it severely damages the people left behind. While an active duty Marine I had 2 friends take their own lives. A few years ago my little sister died by her own hand. Yeah – this cause is personal. I’ve struggled for years as to how to grieve …Read More

Why Did I Help Found Stop Soldier Suicide? For My Fellow Servicemen.

Author: nicholas.black
Date: September 6, 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE: NICK BLACK, COO OF STOP SOLDIER SUICIDE, PRESENTS THIS FIRST IN A SERIES OF BLOGS FROM STOP SOLDIER SUICIDE CORE TEAM MEMBERS DURING SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH. In 2010 I was deployed for the second time to Afghanistan. I remember the exact moment when I decided enough was enough. It was winter, and I …Read More

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The Last Letter of a Soldier Before Suicide

Author: laura black
Date: June 28, 2013

    Daniel Somers was a brave and highly lauded Soldier. He had more than 400 combat missions under his belt. Yet recently, he took his own life and did so with a message for us all that he publicly posted. Daniel’s suffering is not unique. But his attempt at leaving a legacy of trying …Read More

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Stop Soldier Suicide CEO/Founder Brian Kinsella gives emotional speech

Author: laura black
Date: May 28, 2013

For those who were unable to attend the May 8, 2013, Stop Soldier Suicide fundraising event at the Intrepid Museum in New York, Founder and CEO Brian Kinsella gave a passionate and rousing speech about his commitment to helping his fellow brothers and sisters in arms in their greatest hour of need. Here is an …Read More

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Stop Soldier Suicide on MSNBC

Author: laura black
Date: May 24, 2013

At our recent fundraising event at the Intrepid Museum in New York, we were pleased and honored to have NBC ask if they could interview us and some of the people we have been able to help for a couple segments on MSNBC NOW with Alex Wagner (Click the link to view) and the Today Show …Read More

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Stop Soldier Suicide on The Blaze TV

Author: laura black
Date: May 12, 2013

On Friday, Brian Kinsella, our CEO and Co-Founder, was invited back to The Blaze TV to talk about our truly one-of-a-kind model for helping Soldiers & Veterans get help when they are having suicidal ideations or headed in that direction. You can see the interview here. Our model is unique in a number of ways. …Read More

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A Letter from a Veteran on Struggling with Suicide

Author: laura black
Date: February 18, 2013

In October 2012, Brian Kinsella, CEO and Founder of Stop Soldier Suicide, went to the streets to bring awareness to his cause. Ride For Life was a 5,500-mile journey across America. On this 2-week motorcycle-led convoy, Brian invited others to join him and ride as far as they wanted. Many Harley devotees and military Veterans …Read More

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