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People on a Facebook page helped to save a Soldier's life. - November 5, 2012, 09:23 AM

With the huge number of suicides in the military, we've started to focus a lot on intervention and prevention in the Army.

Here's a story about some people putting it in practice. I got to watch some of this unfold, and I was humbled by the reminder that Soldiers will go to great lengths to help other Soldiers, even ones they don't know.

How One Facebook Page Saved A Soldier

TLDR, a funny army facebook page got wind of a soldier who was suicidal and in immediate need of intervention. Then they took care of it.

Out-freakin-standing


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Wow! Plus local police and fire? Very awesome!


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November 5, 2012, 09:44 AM

Suicide is a real problem in the Army. MRT is trying to address it, but the crux of the problem, especially for reserve/guard soldiers, is that repeated deployments and returning to dismal job prospects are taking a heavy toll.


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November 5, 2012, 09:54 AM

True. I have a family member in the Texas NG and he is dealing with the same shitty prospects since he got home. Says he almost wants to go back since he can't get a job.


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November 5, 2012, 12:38 PM

Suicide is a real problem everywhere. Most people don't know that suicide rate is much higher than homicide rate in the USA.

There are very big social costs for the USA to keep and maintain such a big fighting force and playing world police.
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"This year alone suicides have exceeded combat deaths in Afghanistan." Wow. That really says something.


Then again... That's just me.

On the internet... Everyone is an expert.

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"This year alone suicides have exceeded combat deaths in Afghanistan." Wow. That really says something.
Yep.

It's a problem amongst all four services. Suicide should not be killing us more effectively than the enemy


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November 6, 2012, 05:23 AM

Are there opportunities for returning soldiers to stay in the military longer term? I was in process for joining the navy back when I was 18 or 19 (rejected due to spinal abnormality), thinking of it as one alternative for a career. Too many returning soldiers for that?
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Are there opportunities for returning soldiers to stay in the military longer term? I was in process for joining the navy back when I was 18 or 19 (rejected due to spinal abnormality), thinking of it as one alternative for a career. Too many returning soldiers for that?
There simply aren't enough spots for a lot of em

Not only are there very few AGR positions, but the active side is shrinking too. It's harder an harder for a guardsman or reservist to go on active duty

So they return to reserve status and end up like me: struggling in job interviews to convince people that an 18 month hole in my IT experience isn't a problem


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Time to look back at what the romans did (have soldiers working on civic projects)?
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