Talking About Suicide

Because it's not a taboo

Reading about Lazzaric Caldwell

This is an interesting story. A U.S. Marine who slit his wrists was convicted for “intentional self-injury” and sentenced to 180 days in jail and a bad conduct discharge. Pvt. Lazzaric Caldwell is fighting it, saying it’s wrong to punish service members with mental health problems for suicide attempts.

“If you succeed in committing suicide your service is treated honorably and your family receives full benefits,” the lawyer, Navy Lt. Mike Hanzel, told the reporter. “If you are unsuccessful in a genuine suicide attempt, you can receive a federal conviction and get a bad-conduct discharge and jail time.”

I’m not sure how long the link will stay up, but just Google his name. And here is a court filing in his case.

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