A recent report showed that suicides among our active duty troops doubled in one month, with 12 suicides in June and 26 in July. Every 36 hours a veteran from Iraq or Afganistan kills themselves. Eighteen veterans from all wars commit suicide each day.
We take a critical look at the rising rate of military suicides and discuss what is being done to help our men and women in service. We are joined by:
- Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard, author of numerous books, including The Invisible Wounds of War: Coming Home from Iraq and Afghanistan, and resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, previously professor of political science and creative writing.
- Zita Stonick, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for VA Maryland Health Care System
- Kim Ruocco, Manager for Suicide Outreach and Education Programs at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors who lost her husband, a major in the U.S. Marine Corps, to suicide as he was preparing for his second tour of Iraq,
- Woody Curry, Vietnam veteran and addiction counselor at the Baltimore Station
- Sabrina Wallers, organizer with the Iraq Veterans Against the War