This podcast from Military Times examines the alarming rate of military and veterans suicide, offering new insights based on research and effective clinical and peer support practices in suicide prevention. Hosted by Duane France, a retired Army combat veteran, author and mental health counselor, and Shauna Springer, a psychologist, author and nationally recognized expert on initiatives to benefit the military community, the podcast aims to move beyond awareness to identify actionable strategies that can impact the rising suicide rate among service members, veterans, and their families.
About this week’s guest
Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia is the former senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the senior non-commissioned officer in the U.S. armed forces. In this role, he served as the principal military adviser to the chairman and the secretary of defense on all matters involving joint and combined total force integration, utilization, health of the force and joint development for enlisted personnel.
Battaglia was honorably retired from the United States Marines on Aug. 31, 2016, having served nearly 37 years of active duty service.
Read more about Sergeant Major Battaglia’s service here
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Shauna's latest book: Warrior: How to Support Those Who Protect Us
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