The Enemy Within: Preventing Suicides by Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces

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Jack M. Wright (Editor)
Gabriel E. Lewis (Editor)

Series: Military and Veteran Issues
BISAC: PSY037000

More than 1.9 million warriors have deployed for Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, two of our Nation’s longest conflicts. The physical and psychological demands on both the deployed and non-deployed warriors are enormous. In the 5 years from 2005-2009, more than 1,100 members of the Armed Forces took their own lives, an average of 1 suicide every 36 hours. This book examines suicide prevention efforts of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) with a focus on suicide surveillance; suicide risk and protective factors; and suicide prevention interventions. (Imprint: Nova)

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Preface

The Challenge and the Promise: Strengthening the Force, Preventing Suicide and Saving Lives
(Department of Defense)

Suicide Prevention Efforts of the Veterans Health Administration
(Erin Bagalman, CRS)

Statement of Ann Marie Buerkley, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans Affairs, Subcommittee on Health. Hearing on “Understanding and Preventing Veteran Suicide”

Testimony of Commander Rene A. Campos, USN (Ret.), Deputy Director, Government Relations, Military Officers Association of America. Hearing on “Understanding and Preventing Veteran Suicide”

Testimony of Tom Tarantino, Senior Legislative Associate, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Hearing on “Understanding and Preventing Veteran Suicide”

Testimony of Joy J. Ilem, Deputy National Legislative Director, Disabled American Veterans. Hearing on “Understanding and Preventing Veteran Suicide”

Testimony of Margaret C. Harrell, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and Director, Joining Forces Initiative Center for a New American Security. Hearing on “Understanding and Preventing Veteran Suicide”

Testimony of Katherine E. Watkins, M.D., Senior Natural Scientist, The RAND Corporation. Hearing on “Understanding and Preventing Veteran Suicide”

Testimony of Jan E. Kemp, RN, Ph.D., National Mental Health Director for Suicide Prevention, Veterans Health Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Hearing on “Understanding and Preventing Veteran Suicide”

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