30 Aug '13, 12pm

Quiet Crisis: In Shadow of Military Suicides Spouses and Families Face it Themselves

Shannon is the voice of a quiet crisis. In addition to a high number of U.S. military suicides, spouses and children of those who serve are also taking their own lives. The crisis is rooted in the strain of long wars, an overwhelmed mental health-care system, financial issues, relationship problems, and a code of silence dictated by the stigma associated with seeking help. It’s a problem military families expect to see worsen as the wars wind down and they no longer have the next deployment to postpone dealing with their issues. “The trend is increasing, and I would say in the last two years it has close to doubled,” says Brannan Vines, founder of Family Of a Vet, whose network receives dozens of messages a week from spouses who are contemplating suicide. “At some point, we’re going to get past the tipping point.”

Full article: http://www.legion.org/magazine/216975/quiet-crisis

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