ClearForce Board of Members General James L. Jones, Ret and Col. and  Michael Hudson, Ret. were contributors to a recent article TheHill.com titled, “Each of Us Has a Role in Preventing Veteran Suicide”.

Each year, more than 6,000 American veterans take their own lives. These include some of the bravest, most dedicated men and women this nation has ever produced. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who put their own lives on the line to protect all of ours, find at some point that they cannot go on.

This is a tragedy. And it’s one all Americans can and must personally do more to help prevent.

This starts at the individual level, and it starts with paying attention. A person who is struggling emotionally and possibly considering suicide often will show signs of agitation, despondency, or increased use of alcohol or drugs, for example. Mental health experts say these signs may not be obvious or frequent, but when a veteran is a friend, family member or coworker, you may see changes over time that highlight tougher periods in their lives.

Read the full article here.