Thursday, January 22, 2009

Help for Veterans

Halting recruiting for one day isn't going to help much with the pressure on Army recruiters. Four in Houston have committed suicide in 3 years. Suicides in general, of Iraq veterans, are so high it would make you shiver.

see story on the Houston recruiting problem:

Army to Stop Recruiting for 1 Day after Houston Suicides, Houston Chronicle, January 22, 2009
• Veterans experiencing emotional and suicidal crisis, as well as their concerned family members or friends, have immediate access to emergency counseling services 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 800-273-TALK (8255).
• For information on suicide warning signs visit
• The Army's Battlemind Training System is a mental health awareness and education program that helps prepare soldiers and their families for the stresses of war and assists with the detection of possible mental health issues before and after deployment. Visit .
• Soldiers in crisis should talk to their chaplain, chain of command or a fellow soldier immediately. They may also call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-SUICIDE.
• Call the Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline at 800-984-8523 or e-mail

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