Veterans And Suicide Essay

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“ I am left with basically nothing. Too trapped in a war to be at peace, too damaged to be at war." Army veteran, Daniel Somers, is one of many who have struggled with the transition from military life into civilian life. A major concern of the veteran population is suicide. Over 1,300 United States military members died by suicide between the years 2006 and 2010 (Langford, Litts, & Pearson, 2013). “In 2001, for every 100 000 individuals serving in the military, 9.9 died by suicide. By 2009, military suicide rates rose to 18.3 per 100 000 with 1.3 per 100 000 deaths still under investigation. In fiscal year 2010, veterans made nearly 15 000 suicide attempts, with 18 veterans dying by suicide every day. (Brenner & Barnes, 2012)" With in recent…show more content…
Veterans and active-duty members are considerably diverse in individual characteristics and life histories. Veterans refer to retired or discharge military population. Some suggest programs implemented are addressing too broad of a population and should be focused on specific veteran populations. Many veterans develop self- stigma, internalizing the negative beliefs society places on this population, and avoid seeking help. "Each of the military services and the Veterans Administration (VA) have developed educational campaigns to reduce the stigma associated with reporting emotional distress, raise awareness of the risk of suicide, and teach military personnel, veterans, and their family’s suicide prevention strategies (Brenner & Barnes, 2012)." Studies have noticed specific times when veterans are at high risk for suicide, suggesting programs that follow these fluctuations. York, Lamis, Pope, and Egede have developed an approach that is consistent with the VA emphasis on identifying potential projects to improve veteran

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