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Combating military suicide at Fort Indiantown Gap

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Suicide in the military is on the rise. According to military officials, 176 active duty soldiers took their lives last year, and this year is shaping up to be even worse.

At Fort Indiantown Gap on Wednesday, people set out to fight the trend.

There are all kinds of reasons that military members and veterans take their own lives; from reintegrating back into society, to dealing with battle wounds or remembering the horrors of war.

But for Earl Granville's twin brother, Joe, it was something else.

"I joined the Army National Guard with my twin brother. He was my bunkmate in basic training and we went or Bosnia together, we went to Iraq together," said Granville.

But in 2008, Granville went to Afghanistan without his brother.

"June of that summer, I hit a roadside bomb. It ejected me out of the vehicle and I had to get my leg amputated below the knee," Granville said.

Although it was Earl who was wounded, Joe suffered emotional wounds in the form of survivor's guilt.

"And when I lost my leg, he took it very hard. Two-and-a-half years after my injury, he took his own life," said Granville. "My brother Joe, he was a great guy. He was always there for people. He loved to help people."

But Joe did not get help for himself. That is why Granville joined dozens of others at a suicide prevention symposium.

"Just get that awareness out and showing the military community there's no shame in getting help, and just the aftermath of what a suicide can do to the community and the family," said Granville.


For more information on military suicide and how to get help:

National Guard Suicide Prevention: http://www.ng.mil/features/suicide_prevention/default.aspx

Lebanon VA Suicide Prevention: http://www.lebanon.va.gov/Services/SuicidePreventionProgram.asp

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