New Project: Reducing Suicide among Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Guests at Life Lines Luncheon
Every seat at every available table was filled at SPI's third annual Life Lines Luncheon on November 16th at the University Club. Funds raised at the Luncheon are going toward our work to reduce suicicde among combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Luncheon was a moving event with the climax being the remarks of Captain Zach Iscol about his experiences at the battle of Fallujah in the war in Iraq. Colonel Willard Buhl, guest speaker, gave a powerful and convincing presentation of the problems faced by combat veterans. We were able to announce at the Luncheon that SPI CEO Dr. Herbert Hendin and SPI have received a major grant for our work with the veterans from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. In addition, we announced a partnership with Gary Sinise and the Gary Sinise Foundation to work together to raise funds for our respective work on behalf of veterans. Also attending were Paul Rieckhoff, the Executive Director of IAVA, the national organization of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and a number of combat veterans from Milvets, a group of military veterans and students at Columbia University who have been picked for scholarships funded by the VA and Columbia.

New Project: Reducing Suicide among Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Assisting Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
The high rate of suicide among veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has become a source of public concern. Although our ability to recognize veterans at risk for suicide and intensify the psychiatric care they receive is increasing, they need more than individual psychiatric care. Their problems include work, social relations, and relations with their families. Family Psychoeducation (FPE) has been demonstrated to improve the results of all other treatments with which it has been tried - reducing symptoms, and relapse rates, and improving social and family relations and overall life functioning. No FPE project, with veterans or civilians and their families has included veterans known to be at risk for suicide which this project will do.
Life Lines Luncheon : Date Set - Honorees Selected
Gary Sinise, screen star and lead in CSI New York
Gary Sinise, screen star and lead in CSI New York will receive our Humanitarian Award for his work and that of the Gary Sinise Foundation on behalf of veterans suffering from the physical and psychological aftermath of combat. Christie Civetta, Northeastern sophomore, will receive our Survivors Award for her remarkable accomplishments in raising awareness among young people and support from corporations for SPI's youth suicide prevention initiatives. Herbert Hendin, SPI CEO and Medical Director, will receive our Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to our knowledge of suicide and how to prevent it. The luncheon will be held at the University Club in Manhattan on November 16th.
Collaboration of SPI and the Gary Sinise Foundation
collaboration between SPI and Gary Sinise and the Gary Sinise Foundation
A shared interest in helping veterans has led to a collaboration between SPI and Gary Sinise and the Gary Sinise Foundation. The collaboration will be announced at the Life Lines Luncheon (see above). The organizations will run ProAm Golf Events at outstanding golf courses on the East and West Coast in 2012 in which the proceeds will be divided between them. Gary Sinise's love of golf and that of Al Rabil, Chair of the Life Lines Luncheon contributed to this unique collaboration. Brigadier General Colleen McGuire, Head of the Army Task Force on Suicide Prevention, and a guest speaker at the Luncheon, will describe the Army's efforts at suicide prevention and express appreciation at the collaboration of the Gary Sinise Foundation and SPI to help in those efforts.