Blog | Veteran Empowerment

2017: Veterans Making Positive Changes in a New Year

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: January 23, 2017

NOTE: We thank Donna Fitzgerald for this guest blog. As advocates of military vets, we try hard to connect and understand the experiences they had during their tours of duty. While some vets had positive experiences, hundreds of thousands of veterans have returned home with physical pain and mental images that can’t be erased. Returning home …Read More

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5 Ways to Improve PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) Symptoms

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: December 1, 2016

This is a guest blog by Jane Moore, a writer and someone who suffers depression. Her passion for writing led her to want to blog her ideas on how to help Veterans who are struggling with PTSD. While there are many ways a person can work to improve their Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms, you …Read More

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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

Hi, My Name is Jeph Jones

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: October 3, 2016

Hi, My name is Jeph Jones! I`m a combat veteran, I did two tours in Iraq with 101st Airborne Division. In 2011 I had suicidal thoughts. I was at the point where I was like, “F— this life, I don’t want to live anymore.” My Lowest Point I lost a lot of friends in the …Read More

Reason #4: Better Preparation for a New Life

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: September 23, 2016

I have a unique perspective on military transition . . . I did it twice. I first did it as a non-combat Veteran in 2000. Within a year, I had moved back into my parent’s house, and I was unemployed. I had no idea what I was going to do with my life. I was …Read More

Reason #3 National Security

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: September 22, 2016

When I first considered joining the Army, I am reminded of the Army marketing slogan “Be All You Can Be.” I remember the jingle going through my head during the commercials of college football games, convincing me to “get an edge on life, in the Ar-r-r-my!” Remember those commercials back in the 1980’s? Do you …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

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

In Her Words: Why You Should Contact Stop Soldier Suicide

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: September 2, 2016

Amanda Goodlin was ignored. She was told to call 9-1-1. She felt alone but knew if she could just get to the right help, she’d be ok. She turned to Stop Soldier Suicide and found hope. “Thank you so much for your time Ms. Amber [case worker for Stop Soldier Suicide]! You are amazing and your …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

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