Warrior Call is a national initiative that fosters connectivity with servicemembers and veterans in an attempt to identify those who are isolating themselves and prevent suicide.
The physical and mental toll of service lasts long after the uniform is retired. Many of those who are suffering are not seeking help or treatment, or they may not even know how to vocalize what they are feeling. They may pull away from family and friends and isolate themselves, a known precursor to suicidal ideation. They may be suffering from undiagnosed traumatic brain injuries that mimics psychological ailments or PTSD.
By making a call and engaging in honest dialogue with a servicemember or veteran, Americans can connect individuals in need to available resources and services. Greater connection is key for these warriors – connected to one another, connected to family and friends, connected to people who care.
The Warrior Call initiative raises awareness of the urgent need for greater connectivity through our visits to military installations, our work with allied organizations, and through the annual National Warrior Call Day commemoration.
Our view is that there is no cookie cutter solution for curtailing suicides, that one person’s path back will be different than another’s and will require distinct remedies and approaches. One size does not fit all; one size fits one. But it all starts with connection.
Warrior Call is led by Chief Operating Officer Frank Larkin, a former Navy SEAL, 40th U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms and father of a Navy SEAL son who died by suicide. Larkin is a nationally recognized advocate on suicide awareness.
Larkin served as a special agent for 21 years in the U.S. Secret Service rising to deputy assistant director and chief technology officer. He also served as a senior leader in the Department of Defense's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, the combat support agency tasked with countering IED's and extremist organizations employing them against U.S. forces. He has held senior positions at Raytheon Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp. and SAP National Security Services.
Warrior Call is an initiative of the Feherty’s Troops First Foundation, an organization that develops and operates initiatives that support wellness and quality of life for servicemembers and veterans, especially post-9/11 combat-injured warriors.