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LTC Stephen F.
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Very sad but not unsurprising news SFC (Join to see)
I am very sad that in the critical role of suicide prevention crisis line management the VA missed the boat. It takes very special people to be able to work the suicide prevention crisis lines - it seems the VA may not have found [edit] enough suitable personnel for this function.
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SGT Infantryman (Airborne)
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LTC Stephen F., CW2 Shawn Stevenson, I have been going to the VA for sixteen years. I attempted suicide twice. I worked a suicide hotline for two years. In sixteen years at the VA and two at the crisis hotline, I have lost some great VA friends to suicide, and one on the suicide hot line. By the grace of God, my attempts didn't work. After my two attempts, is when I realized I needed some help, fast. My wife took me to the VA. I spent a month in the suicide watch part of the Mental Health department. I received shock treatments which screwed up my short term memory, but I was much better after I left the suicide watch program. I still think about it sometimes, but I say a prayer and leave it up to God and my training I received at the VA, to get me out of trouble.
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CW2 Shawn Stevenson
CW2 Shawn Stevenson
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LTC Stephen F. - I want apologize publicly to you.
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LTC Stephen F.
LTC Stephen F.
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CW2 Shawn Stevenson - thanks, I accept your apology. I know you were not trying to insult me in any way. One of the difficulties in communicating on this forum is that it is a one way message. If we were talking in person, it would be much easier to communicate.
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SGT Infantryman (Airborne)
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It takes a real man to apologize to another man. You be da reel man, CW2 Shawn Stevenson.
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SMSgt Dr. G. A. Thomas
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Fraud at the highest level SFC (Join to see)
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CPO Amb. Terry Earthwind Nichols
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Once again, the VA has placed a new program into the system before they were able to manage it properly. Now they are overwelmed by a program too small to work efficiently. Sad.
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CW2 Shawn Stevenson
CW2 Shawn Stevenson
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The phones don't even come close to ringing off the hook.... There are no wait times or disconnects. How would you run this company my friend?
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CW2 Shawn Stevenson
CW2 Shawn Stevenson
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If someone calls the Health Resource Center and does not get through that is not the same thing as a vet calling the crisis line. Fox news does not want you to distinguish between the two.
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CPO Amb. Terry Earthwind Nichols
CPO Amb. Terry Earthwind Nichols
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CW2 Shawn Stevenson - I'm interested to hear what your thoughts are as a solution.
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CW2 Shawn Stevenson
CW2 Shawn Stevenson
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My main thought is to actually call the crisis number [login to see] , instead of the Health Resource Center #. Veterans need education.
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