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The Sad Story of Lance Corporal Brian Easley

The Sad Story of Lance Corporal Brian Easley By Debbie Gregory Former Lance Corporal Brian Easley had fallen on hard times. The 33-year-old former Marine was barely getting by on a small monthly disability check from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Back aches, a marriage and child in quick succession, his mother’s death and mental […]

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Majority of Young American Adults Are Unfit for Military Service

By Debbie Gregory. The failure of Americans from 17- 24 years old to meet weight and fitness standards, as well as issues with conduct, medical concerns, mental health, and substance abuse are causing significant recruiting problems for the military. And that doesn’t even take into consideration the prospects that are in college or the ones […]

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Linkin Park Frontman and Vet Advocate Chester Bennington Dies in Apparent Suicide

By Debbie Gregory. Chester Bennington was one of those guys: enormously talented but deeply troubled. The 41-year-old father of six struggled with alcohol and drug addiction, and had previously talked about suicide as the result of childhood trauma and abuse. Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda said that the band had always felt “a special bond […]

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Veteran Sought Mental Health Care Before Murder- Suicide

A few days before 30-year-old Army veteran Joshua Stiles fatally shot his wife and took his own life, he had tried to get help, but he was turned away. Stiles, who had been suffering with PTSD, depression and anxiety for years, shot his 22-year-old wife, Brittney Stiles, and then fled the scene. He committed suicide […]

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Navy Rolls Out New Suicide Prevention Program

By Debbie Gregory. The Navy has rolled out a program aimed at providing added support for sailors considered at risk for suicide. Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life (SAIL) is an evidence-based approach to intervention that provides rapid assistance, ongoing risk assessment, care coordination and reintegration assistance for service members identified with a suicide related […]

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