As suicides rise, US military seeks to address mental health

  • Dionne Williamson, right, of Patuxent River, Md., participates in a riding lesson at Cloverleaf Equine Center in Clifton, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, as Equine Coordinator Clarice Gutman, left, works with another rider. After finishing a tour in Afghanistan in 2013, Williamson, experienced disorientation, depression, memory loss and chronic exhaustion. “It’s like I lost me somewhere,” said the Navy lieutenant commander. After fighting for years to get the help she needed, she eventually found stability through a monthlong hospitalization and a therapeutic program that incorporates horseback riding. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — After finishing a tour in Afghanistan in 2013, Dionne Williamson felt emotionally numb. More warning signs appeared during several years of subsequent overseas postings.