The latest update on Veteran Suicides is out - and it's worse than previous estimates.
It was shocking enough when an average of 18 US Veterans committed suicide each day. New, more accurate figures move that toll to 22. Which equals one US Vet death by suicide every 65 minutes.
"I call on all Americans to honor military families through private actions and public service for the tremendous contributions they make in support of our service members and our nation," the President said in his procla
(Editor's Note: Tim Hasty leaves today to go into active service as a Lieutenant in the US Army. He has been a tremendous help to us in setting up our Military Helpline while waiting for his deployment orders)
My time here at Oregon Partnership working in drug prevention has refined me; I knew I was ready when those bars were pinned to my shoulders. I knew I was ready when my peers started to look to me for leadership, guidance and advice. I knew I was ready when I had come to peace with life changing in drastic ways.
“PTSD is a reaction by normal people, to an abnormal situation - and there is nothing normal about war. “
This is the phrase we on the Military HelpLine use over and over to help soldiers, family members and other veterans understand the emotions they may be experiencing. We know that family and community awareness can be a life giving safety net.
Understanding the signs and symptoms of PTSD is a major step forward in battling the stigma and the effects.
(Editor's note: Tim is one of our Military Helpline specialists and is scheduled for active duty as an Army Lieutenant this coming February)
“Why don’t you like to talk about the Army?” she asked.
“It’s not that I don’t like talking about the Army, it’s that I don’t like thinking about how it will pull us apart.”
This has become my reality.
Tears began to roll down her face as I spoke about my time here, and that it would come to an end, as all good things do.
The National Guard faces unique challenges in tackling reintegration issues - The Military Helpline is here to assist.
A 2nd Lieutenant gains insight to Veterans.
Veteran suicides, Confidential Helpline