Blog | veteran suicide

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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NAMI Homefront: Learn how to help Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: December 12, 2016

  Do you know someone like my brother’s neighbor?  He never backed down from a challenge during his three tours of duty in Afghanistan. After returning home from combat after his third tour, however, his crippling military post traumatic stress disorder began to take its toll.  He wondered if he would ever recover.  His thoughts …Read More

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 #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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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