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.

Fifty years and one documentary later: talking Khe Sanh and it’s aftermath with LCpl Ken Rodgers, USMC

Betty & LCpl Ken Rodgers, USMC

It’s been fifty years since Ken Rodgers fought as part of Bravo Company 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 3rd Marine Division at Khe Sanh; we’ll get his reflections on those fifty years.  We’ll also talk “war movies” with the LCpl turned documentary filmmaker — what he likes and doesn’t like.  Finally, we’ll discuss the lack of mental health awareness during Vietnam and get Ken’s thoughts on the use of “Bravo!  Common Men, Uncommon Valor” as a tool to promote mental health awareness for Marines.