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Stopping military suicides in Okla.


It is perhaps the greatest source of frustration and heartache within the U.S. military.

Even as the war in Afghanistan winds down, the suicide rates among troops continue to climb.

It’s a number nobody ever wants to see, the U.S. Army had a record-high monthly rate of suicides in July.

Experts said multiple deployments put strain on soldiers’ relationships, so a lot of them come back, facing divorce and financial problems.

Those stresses may be behind the 38 suspected suicides among soldiers last month; 26 of those who took their own lives were on active duty.

That’s more than double the June total of 12.

How to prevent these suicides is a question top brass is focusing on more now than ever.
The army has also dedicated this September as “suicide prevention month.”

Often times, we imagine soldiers to be impermeable, made of steel.

However, many soldiers return to their families under great stress and haunted by what they’ve been through.

Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jerry Webster is a veteran who knows all too well the horrors of war.

He and Oklahoma’s Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs, retired Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon, stopped by the studio to talk with Linda about how stop this startling statistic.

They said the bottom line is everyone needs to be aware and take action if they think their loved one is in crisis.

If you need to talk to somebody or if you know someone who does need help, you can call the veterans crisis line at 1(800) 273-8255.

Soldier Suicide Prevention

http://www.soldierssuicideprevention.org/?page_id=5

http://www.veteranscall.us/

http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/