Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Preventing military suicide is one of DoD's highest priorities, and something I'm personally committed to as secretary of defense. As we observe Suicide Prevention Month, 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.
Human beings are fragile, and suicide is a complex and devastating event that affects us all. The painful loss of life and its heartbreaking aftermath spread beyond the individual and immediate family, taking a toll on fellow service members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and society itself. While preventing suicide takes all of us working together, it begins with a personal commitment.
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