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In the calendar year 2012, 349 members of the military committed suicide. In fact, more soldiers took their own lives than died in the combat theater.
That equates to roughly one suicide every 25 hours. And it’s also a 16% increase over 2011. At one point during his tenure, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta tagged this as an “epidemic”.
As a matter of demographics, the Army suffered the heaviest losses at 182 suicides, while the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps trailed at 60, 59 and 28, respectively.
The statistics for veterans far surpasses active duty military, with 18 veterans taking their life each day. That’s one every 80 minutes, to be more precise.
Contrary to what you may believe, post traumatic stress is not the key factor. In fact, the percentage of PTSD related suicides is less than 15%. Relational and societal stress have been indicated as the primary burdens that soldiers are facing upon returning home, with financial stress adding to the mounting problem.
Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno says a key factor in reducing suicides is other soldiers assisting a troubled friend: “If we can start getting peers coming forward and telling somebody, ‘Hey, we really might have a problem here,’ that’s when we’re having success,”. We believe that this is key also.
Over the past six years, God has continued to refine the vision of “Rough Cut Men”, resulting in the creation of the military programming titled, “Who Has Your Six?” Our goal has always been to “de-isolate” men by using Hollywood action movies, real world current events, personal testimony and Biblical Truth. Once a soldier no longer feels as if he is the only one struggling, the doors to authentic and transparent friendship are opened. Our vision is to create the same cohesive, selfless brotherhood that soldiers experience downrange in the home. Every man needs another man in his life for support, encouragement and accountability. And every soldier needs a man on his “six”.
God has burdened us with a heart for our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, and we believe it’s time to execute a solid battle plan to bring suicide in the military to a grinding halt. Depression is cited as the primary cause of suicide, and isolation and hopelessness are both key causes for depression. Eliminate the isolation, bring the Hope of Jesus into key friendships and we believe that the suicide attempts become an issue of the past.
To date, Rough Cut Men’s “WHO HAS YOUR SIX” has been presented at:
- The United States Military Academy at West Point, NY
- The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD
- Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, VA
- US Army IMCOM Garrison Chaplain/NCOIC Leader’s Course 2016
- US Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea
- US Army Garrison Daegu at Camp Carroll, South Korea
- Fort Hood Army Installation in Fort Hood, Texas
- Fort Benning Army Installation in Columbus, Georgia
- US Army Garrison Ansbach in Nuremburg, Germany
- The Warrior Transition Battalion Europe- Kaiserslautern, Germany
- 199th Infantry Brigade Airborne Chapel- Fort Benning, GA
- Fort Campbell with the 101st Airborne Division ‘Screaming Eagles’
- 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin AFB, Florida
- US Army Garrison Fort Bragg, North Carolina
- Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina
The Command Chaplain of TRADOC (Training and Doctine Command), the Command Chaplain of the US Army Pacific Division (USARPAC) and the Command Chaplains of III Corps, the 1st Cavalry Division and the 1st Brigade Combat Team “Ironhorse” have attended the Rough Cut Men Movie Experience .
Please don’t wait for another soldier, sailor or Marine to die by his own hand. Time is short and there is unparalleled urgency in the fight against suicide, loneliness and depression. Let’s go to war for these men.
Contact us to bring the WHO HAS YOUR SIX “Movie Experience” to your post, or if you would like more information on our credentials within the United States military.