Voice on Phone Is Lifeline for Suicidal Veterans

Posted by Kendall Harmon

(Please note--the above headline is from the print edition--KSH).

Melanie Poorman swiveled in her chair and punched a button on the phone. The caller, an Iraq war veteran in his 30s, had recently broken up with his girlfriend and was watching a movie, “Body of War,” that was triggering bad memories. He started to cry.

And he had a 12-gauge shotgun nearby. Could someone please come and take it away, he asked.

Ms. Poorman, 54, gently coaxed the man into unloading the weapon. As a co-worker called the police, she stayed on the line, talking to him about his girlfriend, his work, the war. Suddenly, there were sirens. “I unloaded the gun!” she heard him shout. And then he hung up. (He was taken to a hospital, she learned later.)

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchMilitary / Armed ForcesPsychologySuicide* Economics, PoliticsIraq WarWar in Afghanistan

Posted July 31, 2010 at 3:40 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]
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