Air Force to Pause Operations After Spike in Suicides

Air Force to Pause Operations After Spike in Suicides

The Air Force has announced a one-day "tactical pause" taking place over the next 45 days to address a rise in suicides across the force. Following a letter to commanders from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright announced in a video Thursday that the effort will serve as "a new beginning" for promoting resiliency in airmen.

High-performance flow batteries could enable grid-level green energy storage

High-performance flow batteries could enable grid-level green energy storage

A low-cost, high-performance battery chemistry developed by University of Colorado Boulder researchers could one day lead to scalable grid-level storage for wind and solar energy, which in turn could help electrical utilities reduce their dependency on fossil fuels.

Veteran with PTSD writes powerful book 'Why is Dad So Mad?' to help explain the disorder to his young daughter.

Veteran with PTSD writes powerful book 'Why is Dad So Mad?' to help explain the disorder to his young daughter.

Army veteran Seth Kastle had everything going for him when he came home from serving 16 years overseas. That's why it was so confusing to him when his life began to fall apart. He had a job, a loving wife, family, and friends. He knew things would be different when he moved back to Kansas, but he didn't think they'd be that different. But he felt an extreme anger building up inside, a fire inside his chest that he couldn't explain or get rid of.

The Chiefs' star quarterback spends his free time building houses for veterans

The Chiefs' star quarterback spends his free time building houses for veterans

The biggest new star quarterback of NFL doesn't get a lot of free time. Practicing is as important as game time, so when the time comes to relax, it's understandable that a young football star might actually rest. But it turns out Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs' young QB, is a star both on and off the field.

Tiny House Villages Are Being Built To Save Homeless Veterans

Tiny House Villages Are Being Built To Save Homeless Veterans

Ju’Coby Pittman, the CEO of Clara White Mission, is determined to raise awareness about the problem of homelessness among our veterans. They’ve sacrificed so much for our country, and now they need our help. These men and women deserve to live out the rest of their lives without worrying where they’re going to sleep at night. They deserve our respect. They deserve comfort, and shelter, and warmth.

Building off-grid homes to help veterans

Building off-grid homes to help veterans

U.S. Army veteran Ryan Timmermans, of Veterans Off-Grid, purchased 50 acres of land in Carson west of Taos in 2016 and has made it his goal to use that land to help his brothers and sisters in arms. He graduated from the Earthship Academy - which teaches techniques for building off-grid, solar-powered homes from tires, bottles and other recyclable material - near Taos and began the process of bringing homes to vets who needed a bit of healing and help along their journey.

Community Partnership Challenge spurs expansion of services to Veterans

Community Partnership Challenge spurs expansion of services to Veterans

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provides comprehensive health services to America’s Veterans, and VHA knows it can’t provide every service to every Veteran on its own. Partnerships between VHA and nongovernmental organizations result in broader services and more options for Veterans.

Looking at trees can reduce problematic cravings

Looking at trees can reduce problematic cravings

Having a view of greenery or access to a garden or park is linked to lower frequency and strength of cravings, study finds. If you've heard about "forest bathing," you know that scientific evidence backs up the healing power of spending time in nature. Now researchers have found that just being able to view nature can have a salubrious effect; this time, in decreased cravings for alcohol, cigarettes and harmful foods.

Minimalism isn't all or nothing

Minimalism isn't all or nothing

When you hear the word 'minimalism,' what comes to mind? I tend to picture the interior of a house, painted white and sparsely furnished. It's a beautiful space, if a bit empty and cold. There's a good chance that you have a similar mental image, too, as this is what most proponents of minimalism focus on – purging physical items from one's home space and, for some reason, always painting it white.

30% Of Veterans Suffer From PTSD. Science Says Yoga Will Help Them Heal

30% Of Veterans Suffer From PTSD. Science Says Yoga Will Help Them Heal

Brianna Renner had just given birth to her second daughter when she felt herself slipping into postpartum depression. Renner, who served in the Marines Corps for five years, was accustomed to serious life challenges, but her colicky infant’s nonstop tears left her feeling hopeless and alone.

Philadelphia teen raises thousands to help homeless veterans

Philadelphia teen raises thousands to help homeless veterans

PHILADELPHIA - Army veteran Brian Roberts said his hardest fought battle didn't come until he was back home after serving. “I was homeless for a little bit,” he said. “I slept in my car. It was hard.” Roberts had trouble finding a job when he returned home, leaving him unable to pay his bills. 

VA releases Request for Information, seeks strategies for ways to end Veteran suicide

VA releases Request for Information, seeks strategies for ways to end Veteran suicide

Suicide, a major public health concern that affects everyone, takes the lives of an estimated 45,000 Americans–including 6,000 Veterans–each year. To combat Veteran suicide, President Donald J. Trump recently signed an executive order (EO) titled “National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Suicide” (PREVENTS), directing the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council to co-chair and create an interagency task force to develop a plan implementing a road map for the prevention of Veteran suicide at the national and community level.

Hundreds witness veteran shoot and kill himself in VA waiting room

Hundreds witness veteran shoot and kill himself in VA waiting room

A horrific scene unfolded Tuesday in the waiting room of an Austin, Texas, Veterans Affairs clinic when a veteran reportedly shot himself to death in front of hundreds of witnesses. Despite the commotion, many in the building remained unaware of what had occurred for some time after the shooting, KWTX News 10 reported.

Shrinking The Carbon Footprint Of A Chemical In Everyday Objects

Shrinking The Carbon Footprint Of A Chemical In Everyday Objects

CAMBRIDGE, MA — The biggest source of global energy consumption is the industrial manufacturing of products such as plastics, iron, and steel. Not only does manufacturing these materials require huge amounts of energy, but many of the reactions also directly emit carbon dioxide as a byproduct.

Abilene becomes only city in Texas with no veteran homelessness

Abilene becomes only city in Texas with no veteran homelessness

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – With chilly temperatures this week, it might warm your thoughts to know that there are no more veterans out in the cold. It’s thanks to a successful 100-day challenge organized by the Mayor of Abilene. Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams and other agencies announced Thursday that veteran homelessness has been eliminated in the Key City, making it only one of nine cities in the U.S. to claim that honor and the only city in Texas.

Marine Suicides Reach Highest Level In A Decade Despite End Of Large-Scale Combat Operations

Marine Suicides Reach Highest Level In A Decade Despite End Of Large-Scale Combat Operations

Every Marine who takes his or her own life is more than a number, but the numbers tell a distressing story: the Marine Corps is losing the battle against suicide. A total of 75 Marines killed themselves in 2018: 57 active-duty Marines and 18 Marines in the Selected Reserves, according to data the Marine Corps provided to Task & Purpose. As CNN first reported, 2018 saw the highest number of active-duty Marine suicides since 2009.

VA left millions for suicide prevention unspent, report finds

VA left millions for suicide prevention unspent, report finds

WASHINGTON — Despite public pronouncements on their continued focus on preventing veterans suicide, Veterans Affairs officials failed to spend millions available for outreach campaigns in 2018 and severely curtailed their messaging efforts, according to a new report released Monday.

It’s official - spending time outside is good for you

It’s official - spending time outside is good for you

Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits - according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A new report published today reveals that exposure to green space reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure. Populations with higher levels of green space exposure are also more likely to report good overall health – according to global data involving more than 290 million people.

Veterans Off-Grid: Healing Veterans, Deploying Stewards of the Earth

Veterans Off-Grid: Healing Veterans, Deploying Stewards of the Earth

“They were made for so much more,” is something Ryan Timmermans, a U.S. Army veteran now living in Carson, says repeatedly when referring to the millions of combat veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and battling to re-integrate into civilian life.

Suicide Rates Among Female Veterans Up 85% say VA

Suicide Rates Among Female Veterans Up 85% say VA

Since 9/11 it’s not uncommon to see women in conflict areas around the world. Their numbers in the military have increased, and a new study shows their problems associated with war, too, have increased. A comprehensive study from the Department of Veterans Affairs shows the suicide rate among women vets has increased 85 percent over the last 25 years. “You had to be really tough, you know. You couldn't take anything less than excellence,” says Dawn Lafferty.