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.”

1st Marine Division will mark 77 years of service with the rededication of the Division Colors: Cpl Jerry Johs, USMC (ret)

Cpl Jerry Johs, USMC (ret)
President, 1st Marine Division Association

At 0900 Pacific Standard Time on Friday the 2nd of February 2018 at Camp Pendleton the storied 1st Marine Division will commemorate 77 years of service the the Nation and Corps as the Battle Colors of the Division are rededicated.  The 1st Marine Division Association will be center stage during a week of events that culminate in the rededication and a banquet on Friday.

The President of the 1st Marine Division Association, Cpl Jerry Johs, USMC (ret) joined us to discuss his career in the Marine Corps, his time in Vietnam,  the Association and the events of this week.

The toughest person I know is my older sister Peggy

Mac, sons & nephews
Patrick, Tyler, Mac, Torii, John

In September of 1996 two of my nephews, the only sons of my older sister Peggy (Torii and Tyler), were murdered when their father shot and killed them both after learning my sister was leaving him, the husband then killed himself.

Of all the things that I have seen in my three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the murder of Torii and Tyler is by far the worst.  Nobody I know, who deals with post-traumatic stress, deals with the horror that my sister has dealt with for twenty-one years.

All these years later, I still speak about domestic violence whenever I’m asked because I feel the need to honor the memory of Torii and Tyler and the courage of my sister.  The message:  don’t be afraid to ask someone if they need help, don’t be afraid to broach the subject, don’t shy away from it; as easily as you’d pick up someone’s car keys from a bar, talk to them about domestic violence and getting help.

We’ll talk about it.


Ken Wilson
Vietnam Veteran
Turner Construction vet

Ken Wilson was a Marine 1stLt/Captain, Combat Engineer in Vietnam in the 1965-1966 time-frame.  Ken fought the Viet Cong initially and later the NVA as they infiltrated the area around the Marine Base at Da Nang.

Was leadership different in Vietnam?  Were drugs, ears, scalps, civilian casualties and rape part of the environment Ken led in?  Ken Wilson says it’s always about one thing — LEADERSHIP.

Listen to a fantastic interview about Ken’s life of leading in the Marine Corps and then leading at Turner Construction where he worked for 38 years before he retired in 2002.


Thursday, June 01 2017 — Hour 2: POST-TRAUMATIC GROWTH — Curtis Jones, GySgt USMC (ret)

Curtis Jones
GySgt USMC (ret)

Curtis Jones, GySgt USMC (ret), joins us to talk about leadership and his career in the Marine Corps and his problems with Post-Traumatic Stress… and how he found a better place after crossing paths with Daryl Hill who you’ve heard on ALL MARINE RADIO before.