Suicide, now seen as a tragedy usually resulting from mental illness or despair, no longer automatically prevents families from receiving all benefits. But some suicides — by those of “sound mind” — are still determined to be misconduct, not “in the line of duty.”
The military saw a slight increase in active-duty suicides in 2014, while the suicide rate among National Guard and reserve members saw a significant decrease from the previous year, according to the latest annual report on military suicides from the Pentagon.
Don Tipton doesn't know exactly where he'll be on the 22nd of each month. But he plans to always be standing in a high-traffic area, holding a sign to show support for his fellow veterans — and to raise awareness of their risk for suicide.
The find was first unearthed in 2015 at sites slated to host buildings that will be relocated from Camp Kinser and Camp Foster. Ruins from three of the 18 sites hail from the late Jomon period, between 2,700 and 2,800 years ago.
On Wednesday, the Air Force will begin allowing families to visit their homes on Tyndall Air Force Base to collect valuables and take photographs, but it is expected to take years for the base to fully recover.