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Military Suicides

Military loss doesn’t always mean death in combat.  Sometimes it can take the form of a training accident, plane crash or… suicide.  With the growing numbers of service members coming home, we see that they return to face another war – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), is a national non-profit devoted to providing ongoing, peer-based, emotional support to anyone grieving the death of a loved one who served in the Armed Forces. Increasingly, those deaths are due to suicide.

Guest:

Laurie Fueston of Bellingham, Washington.  Laurie is the mother of Josh Fueston, who served in Iraq and took his own life after a long battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Listen to the interview: KBCS_M+I_20130624_Military Suicide

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Resources:

2013 Josh Fueston Memorial Swim to Live

Hearts Toward Home

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

Defense Centers of Excellence

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255(press 1) U.S. and Canada