DCoE News Staff
on September 12, 2014
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Thompson poses for photos at the Duke Ellington Bridge in Washington, D.C., Sept. 4, 2014. Thompson planned on committing suicide by jumping from the bridge before his chain of command intervened and led him to a path of recovery. (DoD photo by EJ Hersom)
This news feature by Shannon Collins, DoD News Features, Defense Media Activity, is the first in a four-part series about Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Thompson, who attempted suicide and shares his difficult story.
This month is Suicide Prevention Month, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said preventing military suicides is one of the Defense Department’s highest priorities.
“As we observe Suicide Prevention Month,” he said in a message to the department’s workforce, “we must rededicate ourselves to actively working not only every month, but every day to fulfill our collective responsibility to watch out for each other and take care of each other.”
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