Landmark Military Suicide Prevention Study Approved by CongressOMG! Congress spends more money on
suicide prevention with "financial planners"
December 17, 2014
The $1 million cost of the study "is like pocket change in terms of the Department of Defense's budget," she says. "When are the servicemembers going to get the help they deserve?"Tucked into the $1.1 trillion spending package just approved by Congress is a little-noticed provision for a study into connections between financial stress and the military suicide epidemic – legislation advocates believe represents a vital step forward in achieving more effective financial planning interventions for soldiers and veterans.
Prompted by a Financial Planning investigation, the measure sponsored by Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) directs the Pentagon to analyze financial stress as a main precipitating factor to military suicide; other leading factors are mental illness and post-traumatic stress disorder, marital problems and substance abuse. "This may be exactly what's needed to jumpstart attention to this issue," says former U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis, an M.D. who spoke out in support of the bill.
"It may trigger more attention to get people to start recognizing that they need to take care of this issue for their soldiers and veterans." read more here