President Donald Trump marked the beginning of 2018 with an executive order focused on reducing the risk fo suicide among former service members, but the Department of Veterans Affairs spent precisely dick making the public aware of suicide prevention measures, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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ST. PETERSBURG — On Dec. 10, retired Marine Col. Jim Turner put on his dress uniform and medals and drove to the Bay Pines Department of Veterans Affairs complex. He got out of his truck, sat down on top of his military records and took his own life with a rifle.

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Days after a troubled 28-year-old ex-Marine shot and killed 12 people at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California,  President Donald Trump drew an uneasy connection between post-traumatic stress disorder and violence among veterans.

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Editor’s note: The Long March will be closed for inventory the month of August. We regret any inconvenience this causes our loyal customers. In an effort to keep you reasonably content and focussed, we are offering re-runs of some of the best columns of the year. We value your custom and hope you will stick around for . . . the Long March.

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Employee shortages and opioid surpluses are severely hindering the Department of Veterans Affairs from effectively fighting the scourge of veteran suicide, according to a new report from the American Legion.

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