The ones they left behind: Surviving suicide

A Gold Star father who survived military suicide shares his story and experts talk about how to live in the face of unimaginable grief.

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Hell on the Naktong River

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Strong G.I. imprint on the field this football season

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Remembering New Orleans: Guardsmen reflect on Katrina duty 10 years later

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Sgt. Angelo Gepponi, who was a cook with the 77th Infantry Division in World War II, would paint scenes from daily life around camp. This watercolor, called "Field Mess Line (Untitled)," depicts Soldiers waiting to get chow. Gepponi's combat works will be displayed in the "Cook, Pot and Palette" exhibit at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, until December 2015. (Courtesy of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center)
9 September 2015

‘Cook, Pot and Palette’

Sgt. Angelo Gepponi’s field art from World War II continues to inspire artists today and serves as a witness to history.

A Modified version of the video game "Artemis," was the platform of choice during the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade's Cyber Capture the Flag exercise at the McGill Training Center on Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, May 19, 2015. Particpants used the modified game to help enhance their cyber capabilities. (DOD photo by Jacqueline M. Hames, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity)
2 July 2015

Gaming to win

Cyber Soldiers use a popular gaming platform to hone their offensive and defensive tactics.

A biohazard sign outside a support laboratory for the Whole System Live Agent Test chamber on Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. The WSLAT chamber can handle agents up to biological safety level three, which includes biological warfare agents that can cause treatable diseases in humans. (DOD photo by Jacqueline M. Hames)
2 April 2015

Clearing the air

The Whole System Live Agent Test chamber will enable U.S. Army scientists to evaluate the effectiveness of bio detection gear with warfighter safety in mind.

The M50 gas mask, Joint Services Aircrew Member MPU-5 and JSAM Fixed Wing masks featured in this image await SMARTMAN testing at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, Aug. 29, 2011. The SMARTMAN is a human bust fixture designed for testing gas masks and other breathing apparatus. (U.S. Army photo by Al Vogel)
27 March 2015

From test tube to battlefield

The U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground is in the business of validating defensive and offensive capabilities before putting them in the hands of warfighters.

A German tank crew guards a column of American prisoners of war during World War II. Like the members of the Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon, 394th Regiment, 99th Infantry Division, these men were doomed to a hellish existence until Allied troops began liberating POW camps in the spring of 1945. The men of the I&R Platoon had been captured on the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, Dec. 16, 1944. Their 12-hour stand against a German battalion in Lanzerath, Belgium, helped delay the initial German force long enough for the Allies to move troops and reinforce critical positions, thereby helping win the battle. The men were finally recognized for their bravery in 1981 with a Presidential Unit Citation, four Distinguished Service Crosses, five Silver Stars and 9 Bronze Stars with V device, making the platoon the most decorated of World War II. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Center for Military History)
26 January 2015

One more battle

After a 12-hour stand on the first day of the Battle of the Bulge, the men of the 394th Regiment's Intelligence and Reconnaissance Platoon faced a new fight for survival in Nazi POW camps.

Private First Class Tammy Scriven, an information technology specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 35th Signal Brigade, provides desktop computer support, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia. Scriven says her family does special things to let her know they are thinking of her during the holidays. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Rashene Mincy, 55th Signal Company-Combat Camera)
22 December 2014

Deployed during the holidays: staying connected

Deployments are hard on Soldiers and their families, but they can be especially difficult during the holidays. Soldiers and their families share ways to stay connected and reduce stress.


30 September 2015

Suicide: Recognizing the warning signs

Experts talk about how to recognize warning signs for suicide, even when, like many military families, you’re hundreds of miles away.

30 September 2015

What parental suicide means for children

Parental death, especially by suicide, has a profound psychological affect on the children left behind. Experts urge remaining family members to get them professional help.

18 September 2015

Heroes of the Naktong

The battle that raged along the Naktong River in 1950 saw ordinary men-turned-heroes risking their lives, and often sacrificing them, to save their fellow Soldiers.

5 June 2015

Q & A with Joe Galloway

Soldiers talks to Joe Galloway, famed Vietnam War correspondent, author and veterans advocate, about the congressionally mandated Vietnam War Commemoration.

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Knowing the warning signs of suicide is crucial when it comes to saving a life, but many families are geographically separated from their Soldiers and don’t realize anything is wrong until it’s too late. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. David N. Beckstrom)
The Department of Defense distributes this ACE card to family members to help them recognize warning signs for suicide. Many family members miss red flags because of ignorance or geographic distance. (Image courtesy of Army Public Health Center)
Experts say the death of a parent, especially by suicide, can have a profound affect on children, and that professional intervention is always important. (Original National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Helen Miller. Photo illustration by Elizabeth M. Collins, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity.)
1st Lt. Danny Weiss used painting as an outlet for his emotions and experiences. He painted this one while he was in high school, after 9-11 inspired him to join the Army. After three deployments, Weiss killed himself at the age of 25, Mar. 4, 2012, to the shock and horror of his family. (Photo courtesy of Andy Weiss)
Andy Weiss takes a selfie with his son, 1st Lt. Danny Weiss after Danny’s second deployment. Andy lost Danny to suicide Mar. 4, 2012, and says a part of him died that day too. (Photo courtesy of Andy Weiss)
Twenty-five-year-old 1st Lt. Danny Weiss, a platoon leader in Company A, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, shot and killed himself, Mar. 4, 2010, after losing a battle his family didn’t even know he was fighting. The story is similar for many military families, who must find ways to pick up the pieces of their lives. (Photo courtesy of Andy Weiss)
Andy and Julianne Weiss pose with their son Danny shortly before he graduates from Officer Candidate School in March 2009. Three years and two more deployments later, Danny, a first lieutenant and Ranger, would kill himself, sending Andy and Julianne down a dizzying journey of grief and guilt, ending life as they knew it. (Photo courtesy of Andy Weiss)
DOD graphic by Peggy Frierson, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity.
U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Emily Raney, from the U.S. Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, makes a tackle during the first-ever Armed Forces Women's Rugby Team’s training camp at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, Aug. 25, 2015. (DOD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr., Soldiers, Defense Media Activity)
Former U.S. Army combat medic Kyle Eckert is the the Armed Forces Women's Rugy Team trainer. The Reading, Pennsylvannia, native completed sports medicine graduate studies at West Virginia University. (DOD photo by Keith Oliver, Soldiers, Defense Media Activity)
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