Remembering Veterans Who Lost the Battle to Suicide

Courtesy of the Defense Centers of Excellence

Courtesy of the Defense Centers of Excellence

For many years there was no recognition, no ceremony to remember the veterans and active-duty military members who lost their battle to suicide.

No longer.

This week, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) is hosting a “Week of Remembrance.

It’s a chance for families and friends to remember their loved ones, service members and veterans who committed suicide, by posting a photo or a thought on Facebook.

“Week of Remembrance” coincides with Suicide Prevention Month, observed in September by the Defense Department and related organizations.

Along with the remembrance are resources to share with servicemembers and veterans who may be at risk of suicide or in need of mental health help:

Survivor assistance is available through the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which  provides tragedy assistance to anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death, and Sesame Street’s Military Families Near and Far, which offers resources to help talk to children about grief and loss.

Confidential support for military members is available 24/7 from the Military Crisis Line by phone 800-273-8255 (press 1), text 838255 or online chat

 

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4 Responses

  1. When a man thinks to be alone, when stress is so high and no seem done aid, when world seem fast and enemy, when a warriors has high stress that drive him to PTSD, nightmares, suicide thoughts and all see away like aid him, this warriors may commit suicide. But is this a suicide or a homicides due to loss of aid? God is not near them and not understand what has drawn his son to suicide or, instead, Gos undrstan, forgive, embrace this son and all other? God embrace his son when he come to his home, then all commemorations for all have died for suicide is a due commemoration for all those killed by chronic elevated stress. claudio alpaca

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