Healing Suicidal Veterans takes readers firsthand into the intense, troubled lives of suicidal veterans. Personal conversations are shared examining the lives of these warriors returning home still living with the invisible wounds of war, many homeless, financially penniless, hopeless, helpless, emotionally distraught, and most with a clinical diagnosis of PTSD, TBI, depression, anxiety and trauma of one sort or another. All of these combat veterans finally decided they have had enough mental pain and suffering and found themselves having to make a disturbing decision: “Should I live or die?”
The book presents “heart-to-heart resuscitation” as an intervention technique for suicidal veterans in torment and distress. Healing Suicidal Veterans gives the veteran, families and loved ones the tools necessary to recognize suicidal signs and symptoms, including intervention for alcohol and drug abuse and the “how-to-steps” and resources of where to go to find support to get their veteran to safety. The book explores the psychological as well as the soul wounds of war trauma and the ways they contribute to the tragedy of suicidal thinking. The book offers veterans strategies for realizing they are not failures if they seek help, and it gives families and loved ones ways to understand, cope with and help their veteran in need.
Veterans are suffering a “mental breakdown” epidemic, often linked to post-traumatic stress from the terrors of combat, traumatic brain injury and drug and alcohol abuse. The problems triggered by an excessive number of deployments, financial and family trouble, fragmented or nonexistent support systems and increased domestic stress have caused a mass depression among veterans. Healing Suicidal Veterans takes readers firsthand into the “situation room” where I explore the psychological wounds of war and the ways they contribute to the tragedy of suicidal veterans. I present the “Montgomery Model” for ending veterans' suffering and anguish and putting them on solid paths to healing. The book offers veterans strategies for realizing they are not failures if they seek help, and it gives families and loved ones ways to understand, cope with and help their veteran in need.