I created this blog to provide information, education, assistance and dialog for anyone impacted by military suicide; or for individuals who are simply interested in doing something about this very serious issue.
When I recently learned that veterans are killing themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutes (updated from recently announced VA/CDC data to one every 65.5 minutes or 22 per day), I was shocked.
That shock quickly turned into anger. Then, as I researched a bit further, I learned that more than 100,000 veterans from the Vietnam era had ended their lives through suicide; many more than had died in combat. This made me even more angry.
Sadly, I must report that today, in our active military forces, suicides are skyrocketing with no end in sight. American service members are currently taking their own lives at an estimated rate of one every 36 hours (Since creating this blog, the rate has increased to one every 24 hours).
To date, military leaders have failed to take any effective actions to stop the escalating rates of suicide and suicide attempts. They have studied the problem, and talked about the problem, and have issued detailed reports about the problem … but all those efforts have failed. Military suicides continue unabated.
Something has to be done. Creating this blog is my way of doing something.
My hope is that you will share my anger, frustration and outrage about this continuing problem inside our military. I will do my best to grow this blog over time with postings and links that will provide updated reports, statistics and discussions about military suicide.
Will this blog make a difference? I cannot say.
But I will try. I will try.