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VETERANS: Qualifying for SSDI When You’re Already on VA Disability

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: February 16, 2017

This is a guest blog from Bryan Mac Murray, Disability Benefits Outreach If you’re currently receiving Veteran’s Administration (VA) disability benefits, you may also be entitled to disability through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Combined VA and SSA benefits can help ease the financial burden for you and your family when disability prevents or reduces earnings …Read More

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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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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

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 #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 #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

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

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 – Complete Series

Author: Stop Soldier Suicide
Date: June 29, 2016

Why We 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 and disbelief. In the …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

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

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

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

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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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.

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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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Remembering Johnny: A Memorial Day Tribute to A Fallen Hero.

Author: laura black
Date: May 26, 2014

This is a special guest “open letter” by Brad Israel.       It took me almost a year to write this tribute to my friend Johnny Craver after his death and there is not a more appropriate time to revisit this story than on our nation’s Memorial Day weekend. I originally sent a briefer …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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Great Falls, VA, Rotary Club to host Bocce Tournament to Save Veterans’ Lives

Author: laura black
Date: April 22, 2014

Charity Bocce Ball Tournament hosted by the Great Falls Rotary Club on Armed Forces Day benefits Stop Soldier Suicide. When: Saturday May 17, 2014 from 1.00 – 5.00 PMWhere: Great Falls Village Centre GreenTeam Entry Fee: $500 per teamDonations are Tax Deductible Get your team together  and play to help the 22+ Veterans who turn …Read More

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

Author: laura black
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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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Transcendental Meditation, PTSD & a WWII Pilot’s Healing Story

Author: laura black
Date: July 23, 2013

Today we welcome a guest blogger to Stop Soldier Suicide, Jerry Yellin. He talks about his heroic military history, struggle with PTSD before anyone knew what it was, and how TM (Transcendental Meditation) helped him heal. Jerry is currently serving as the Co-Founder of Operation Warrior Wellness. Want more information on TM for Veterans and Soldiers? …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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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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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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Ride for Life welcomed home on The Blaze

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 20, 2012

Special thanks to Andrew Wilkow and The Blaze TV for their warm welcome home. Click here to watch the video.

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Ride for Life day 16

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 13, 2012

Ride for Life day 16 – Rally point 2- heading into NYC…

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RFL Day 16 link up in Deleware

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Thanks to CVMA and friends who came out to support!

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RFL Day 15 – John Hopkins

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I spent day 15 of the Ride for Life at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. I met with directors and associate professors from the Departments of Psychiatry, Behavioral Health, and Epidemiology.

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RFL Day 14 – VA HQ in Washington, DC

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 11, 2012

I rode to Washington, D.C. from Richmond at 0530 this morning. Despite the chilly 40 degree temperature and DC traffic, I was determined to arrive at VA headquarters on time to meet the other members of the SSS Board of Directors who drove up to meet me (Nick Black, Adam Buchanan, Yuri Blazar). At VA …Read More

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RFL Day 13 visits Fort Lee

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 10, 2012

Today was warm and sunny- perfect for a ride and a nice reprieve from riding in the rain over the last two days. After crossing the 5,000 mile mark, the Ride for Life rolled into Fort Lee, VA. At Fort Lee I met with the Substance Abuse Program Manager, senior civilians from the Garrison Community, …Read More

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Ride for Life hits 5,000 miles

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Riding through northern North Carolina this morning en route to Fort Lee from Fort Bragg the Ride for Life surpassed the 5,000 mile mark. Thanks to everyone who came out this morning to support Stop Soldier Suicide and the Ride for Life!!

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RFL Day 12 visits Fort Bragg and the Fayetteville Military Community

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RFL Day 12 has been the busiest day of the Ride for Life yet. Meetings today consisted of Military leaders on Fort Bragg, senior Army Chaplains, and senior members of the Fayetteville community. A special thanks to Lynne Grates and the local Kiwanis chapter for hosting Stop Soldier Suicide at lunch today. The day finished …Read More

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RFL Day 11 – Hunter Army Airfield

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 9, 2012

Day 11 started with meetings at 1/75 Ranger Battalion. Adam Buchanan (previously in 1/75), Brad Lloyd (SSS Georgia Chapter President), and I met with leadership, the chaplain, and psychiatrist for the Battalion. The discussions we had with the professionals we met with were productive and vital in helping spread the word about the mission of …Read More

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RFL Day 10 – Back on the East Coast

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 8, 2012

RFL Day 10 started this morning in a rainy and overcast Nashville. The air was chilled from the Canadian cold front sweeping across the midwest and I bundled up in all of the cold weather gear I had to traverse the 500+ miles to Savannah. Once I got south of Atlanta on I-75 the sun …Read More

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RFL Day 8-9 brings me back to Fort Knox & Louisville

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 5, 2012

A very productive day for SSS and the RFL. I started this morning with a 300 mile drive from St. Louis to Fort Knox. At Knox I met with the Garrison Commander, PAO representative, garrison media director and a reporter from the local paper. Knox leadership is incredibly progressive, just as I remember it, and …Read More

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Ride for Life crosses The Mississippi…

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 4, 2012

Ride for Life Day 7 started early this morning in Lawton, OK with ABC (KSWO) TV and Lawton Constitution interviews. Afterwards, I rode over 600 miles through Oklahoma, Missouri, and across the Mississippi River into Illinois. Staying the evening outside of St. Louis. Also in the news today is Bob Brewin’s article ‘A Ride for …Read More

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RFL Starts Day 7

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0800. CST link up for riders and media at the north gate of Central Mall in Lawton, OK. 600+ miles to St. Louis today, followed by a 300 mile drive to Fort Knox on tomorrow morning.

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RFL Day 6 – Fort Sill, OK

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RFL Day 6 started with a four hour drive from Tulsa to Lawton this morning. Beautiful and sunny in the warm Oklahoma sun, it was an easy trip. Upon arrival, Chris Grates (SSS Director of Outreach and the Oklahoma SSS Chapter President) and I met with Fires Center of Excellence leadership. Chris has already done …Read More

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RFL Day 5 – Visit to Fort Leavenworth

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 3, 2012
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RFL Day 5 – Kansas City

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 2, 2012

Thank you to Captains Alicia and Phil Gingrich for their hospitality. It was great to catch up and thank you for supporting the Ride for Life!

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RFL Day 4 – A Very Productive Morning in Colorado Springs

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: October 1, 2012

Very productive morning at Fort Carson, Colorado- an installation leading the way in caring for Soldiers and Families. Met with the SOS team (Survivor Outreach Services), SPPM (Suicide Prevention Program Manager), and the TAPS representative (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). Special thanks to Army Veteran and TAPS representative Paul McShan for all of his help …Read More

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RFL arrives CO Springs

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After 13 hours and 600+ miles on the road I’m here in Colorado Springs. Gorgeous day of riding- desert and mountains. Special thank you to Army and Navy veterans Roger Johnston and David Waters for escorting me through Utah. Over the last three days the Ride for Life has spanned over 1,600 miles, longer than …Read More

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RFL day 3 – Utah & Colorado

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: September 30, 2012

4 hours left until Colorado Springs…

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RFL kicks off day 3

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Salt Lake City, Utah to Colorado Springs, Colorado. Decided to take the southern route along I-70… ~600 miles

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RFL staying the night in Salt Lake City

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: September 29, 2012

Another 500+ miles down…

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RFL visits Idaho

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Starting Ride for Life Day 2

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Hitting the road this morning in La Grande, Oregon on the way to Salt Lake City, Utah…~500 miles

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Ride for Life – Day 1

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: September 28, 2012

Finished about 500 miles today, staying the night in La Grande, Oregon. Special thanks to Johnny Webb and Jessy Johnston, CMVA 11-4 for the escort to Oregon. I would also like to thank Anna Diko Gordon for coming out and taking pictures as well as Erik Solberg. I haven’t seen either of these Army Captains …Read More

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Thanks to the Webbs

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Special thanks to Captain Johnny and Amanda Webb for a fantastic dinner and sleep accommodations.  Great catching up after so many years!!

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Final preparations…

Author: brian.kinsella
Date: September 27, 2012

The Harley Davidson Street Glide is a beautiful motorcycle and I am really looking forward to making the 5,000+ mile journey on this bike.

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Sunny in Seattle

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Spectacular first day in Seattle. The Seattle Eagle Rider team was awesome and very helpful gearing up for the Ride for Life. Special thanks to Brian and Jack for all of their help.

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Traveling to Seattle

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Early morning flight out of JFK on the way to Seattle, after a busy night… After work yesterday, Andrew Wilkow with theBlaze hosted me to speak about the Ride for Life- click here to watch. The interview was followed a SSS Board huddle, responding to a lot of support emails regarding the SSS and RFL …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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