1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Association is fundraising to build a memorial to their fallen — you can help: MGySgt Phil Bemis, USMC (ret)

MGySgt Phil Bemis, USMC (ret)

MGySgt Phillip S. Bemis, USMC (RET) is the Co-Chairman and Founder of the 1st LAR Battalion Association.  He joined Mac & Mike Musselman to talk about the work the Association is doing as they raise funds for a Memorial to those who have fallen while fighting under the Battle Colors.

Proposed 1st LAR Bn Memorial Monument
1st LAR Bn Association

You can find the 1st LAR Bn Association website here and if you’re interested in donating, you’ll find that link here.

Why are married combat veterans at a greater risk for suicide: Marek Kopacz MD, PhD

Marek S. Kopacz, M.D., Ph.D. is a Health Science Specialist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, working on their VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention program.  He along with other researchers recently released a study that found the following: (1)  Married veterans were more at risk of suicide than single veterans, (2)  Married female veterans are at the greatest risk and (3)  One of the more interesting aspects of the study was that it addressed “spirituality” as a component of coping, with both positive and negative effects.

According to the Washington Times “the findings are based on responses from 772 recently returned vets who participated in the Survey of Experiences of Returning Veterans conducted by the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. The average age of the respondents was 35. They had served in Iran, Afghanistan, and surrounding areas as part of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and New Dawn. Almost two thirds — 62 percent — had been in the Army and 75 percent had seen combat.”