The Joey Hart Story September 24, 2013

Joey Hart was a man who impacted lives all around him, including that of our very own Patti Katter. The loss and pain suffered by those he left behind became the push behind many of those he touched to reach out and impact the lives of those around them. Among those people impacted are his sister, a close friend of his, and veteran advocate Andrew Pogany. The victim of an … [Read more...]

Should Failed Suicide Attempts Result in Punishment?

Should military commanders have the authority to court-martial troops who try to commit suicide?  Believe it or not, there is a Marine who is currently appealing his case. He was convicted of “self-injury” after slitting his wrists in his barracks in 2010. This is not the first court-martial and it likely won’t be the last.  Behind closed doors, our troops in all branches are … [Read more...]

Suicide Prevention is Everybody's Business

Suicide prevention is everybody’s business!  Many of us have been touched by suicide, and with suicide rates rising in the military and veteran communities, we all need to pay attention to those around us. Did you know that the person who is most likely to prevent someone from taking their own life is someone that they already know?  It’s not the psychologist, the … [Read more...]

Petition Mission

Today has been a good day so far.  Five more people signed our Stand Against Military Suicide Petition at work today so far, and the day is not even close to being over. I have really cool TAKE THE VOW initiative posters hanging up at work too.  My boss is fabulous. Have you printed out the petition to have your friends and family sign it? It's really easy.  Heather created … [Read more...]

Clay Hunt’s Last Message on Suicide

No one truly understands why Clay Hunt, one of the military’s most vocal suicide prevention advocates, took his life on March 31, 2011.  As one who watches the disabled veteran in my family suffer, it looked to me like Clay Hunt had it all together. I say that from the perspective that Clay was lobbying for veterans on Capitol Hill, road-biking with wounded veterans, and … [Read more...]

Take The VOW

You've heard the hype. Today is Day 1 of the Voice of Warriors Initiative, Phase One. Our first phase of TAKE THE VOW initiative will consist of bringing awareness to military suicide. Take The VOW Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is real and often occurs after combat in a war zone. A few symptoms of PTSD are: nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling … [Read more...]

Military Suicide on VOW Talk Radio

You don’t want to miss the upcoming Voice of Warriors BlogTalk Radio hour on Monday, August 22, 2011, at 7:30 pm.  The subject of this interview is a difficult one, but it is one that must be discussed.  Gold Star father, Bob Bagosy, will join us as we discuss the topic of military suicide. On May 10, 2010, Bob’s son, Sgt. Thomas Bagosy, lost his battle with Post Traumatic … [Read more...]

Despite combat, I still know my child best

When our son returned from his third deployment, we could tell that something wasn’t right.  We knew that there had been subtle changes even after the first and second deployments, but we could see a significant change after his return from deployment number three.  We weren’t quite sure what was going on, and he really didn’t want to talk about it. We tried to respect his … [Read more...]