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AnnaMaria Bliven, founder of Military Veteran’s Non-Profit, examines the logistical steps to stopping military suicides

Facing and Flanking the Enemy: Stopping Military Suicide by Onward and Upward Founder, Dr. AnnaMaria Bliven

The battle on the home front that many military veterans face when transitioning from military to civilian life can be won in two ways; one is reactionary and the other is proactive.

— Dr. AnnaMaria Bliven

LOS ANGELES, CA, USA, April 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — There should be two approaches to fighting and winning the battle in war, one from the front and the other from the back. The battle on the home front that many military veterans face when transitioning from military to civilian life, to not walk into a dark place, can be won with two approaches; one is reactionary and the other is proactive. The reactionary approach has been to build community-based veterans housing projects so that homeless veterans have a place to stay while they think about the rest of their lives. This approach does not put an end to military suicides but manages to decrease the number of homeless veterans.

Onward and Upward Founder, Dr. AnnaMaria Bliven, retired Master Sergeant and former Army Advisor, has created a new program that is a proactive approach to ending military homelessness and military suicide. This program teaches military warriors what it takes to make a smooth and quick transition to civilian life. The Transition Readiness Program, at present, focuses on resume building, job search, and veteran benefits. Classes last a total of 40 hours, and this is a targeted time for the service member to begin preparing to leave the military. This curriculum has serious shortcomings, as Dr. Bliven discovered firsthand during his transition. She found new language and terminology to use when researching a civilian job and interviewing a potential civilian employer. She also discovered several other gaps in transition readiness education that hit her in the face and gut, sending her spiraling down, into depression, and into a dark place. Many military veterans and warriors who enter the dark place escape the darkness by committing suicide.

Dr. Bliven researched the issue of military suicides and found a direct relationship between military homelessness and military suicides. According to a journal article titled: “Addressing Veteran Homelessness to Prevent Veteran Suicides, written by Tsai, Trevison, Huang, and Pietrzak (2018), “Analysis of a nationally representative survey of U.S. veterans in 2015 shows that veterans with a history of homelessness attempted suicide in the previous two years at a rate >5.0 times higher than that of veterans with no history of homelessness (6.9% vs. 1.2%), and their rates of suicidal ideation for two weeks were 2.5 times higher (19.8% vs. 7.4%).”

With more than 30 military suicides per day occurring in 2022, the need for a new curriculum that teaches service members to be fully prepared to leave the military is paramount to ending military suicide. Being fully prepared with a plan, purpose, and personal mission is the way to prevent situations that lead to veteran homelessness and suicide.

The new program fills gaps in training service members to be fully prepared to leave the military. This new program is presented to the Ministry of Defense within two months. If anyone is interested in learning more about this new program, contact Dr. Bliven via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annamariabliven/.

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