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Reason #5 – The Downward Spiral

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: September 25, 2016

The following is a conversation that begins when the Service member starts the transition and ends during the first year that the Service member becomes a Veteran.  The questions are being asked by a friend, and the answers (in italics) are provided by the Service member. This conversation illustrates the most important reason to support …Read More

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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

Reason #1 – Because the President Said So

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: September 19, 2016

Seriously? We Could Have Created This Program 72 Years Ago? That’s right . . . The President of the United States said we needed to implement a Reverse Boot Camp . . . in 1944 . . . towards the end of World War II. Shocking, right? Well he didn’t call it a “Reverse Boot Camp,” …Read More

Declare Your Independence Today

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: July 4, 2016

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must undergo the fatigue of supporting it. Thomas Paine Independence Day for Our Nation Today, we celebrate. We recognize something never before seen in the history of the world. A nation founded on the notion that each of us is born free. We secured the unalienable …Read More

The War Within Part 5: Finding Hope

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: June 26, 2016

The War Within Part 5: Finding Hope “Warriors deal with death. They take life away from others. This is normally the role of God. Asking young warriors to take on that role without adequate psychological and spiritual preparation can lead to damaging consequences. It can also lead to killing and the infliction of pain in …Read More

The War Within Part 4: Finding The Way Home

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: June 25, 2016

 The War Within Part 4: Finding The Way Home Perhaps one of the greatest metaphors for the return from military service is also one of the oldest. The Greek Hero Odysseus was returning from war in Troy home to Ithaca in Greece. As depicted in the map, the most direct journey would have been less than 600 …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

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

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

Why We Need a New Approach To Suicide Prevention

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: April 4, 2016

We need a new approach to suicide prevention. The current one is simply not working. On April 1st,  the Defense Suicide Prevention Office released the 4th Quarter, Calendar Year 2015 Suicide Statistics for service members across the active and reserve components. The results are not good. The numbers are trending in the wrong direction. Maybe we 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

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

The 239th Birthday of the Marine Corps and What it Means to be a Marine.

Author: laura black
Date: November 10, 2014

Today marks the 239th Marine Corps Birthday. All Marines, current and former, look forward to dressing in their blues, reading a letter from the Commandant, watching the cake cutting, and remembering the time you served. This year’s celebration will be the same. This year, General J.F. Dunford Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps notes that …Read More

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In New York to Raise Funds to Stop Soldier Suicide

Author: laura black
Date: April 2, 2013

Like any nonprofit, Stop Soldier Suicide needs to raise funds to help our cause. That cause being to help curb the suicides of Soldiers and Veterans. To somehow change the terrible statistics in place today: 1 active-duty Soldier and 22+ Veterans each day, taking their own lives. These men and women are suffering so deeply that …Read More

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Drugs Are Not the Answer for Soldiers

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: August 22, 2012

Drugs Are Not the Answer for Soldiers By: Brian Kinsella; Former US Army Captain & Founder and CEO of Stop Soldier Suicide August 22, 2012 There is a veritable pandemic of suicide among our military veterans in the United States as we continue to draw down an already decade-long war in Afghanistan. During the first …Read More

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Soldier Suicide Far From Over

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: April 21, 2011

Soldier Suicide Far From Over By: Brian Kinsella; Former US Army Captain & Founder and CEO of Stop Soldier Suicide April 21, 2011 A 3.7% decrease in Active Duty Soldier suicides from 2009 to 2010 is not something the Department of Defense (DoD) should tout as an indication that suicide prevention programs are working, especially …Read More

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