It is a sad statistic that more U.S. military personnel died as a result of suicide in 2009 than died at the hands of the enemy. In response, the Marines have completely revamped their psychological support services and even their core ethos. For a branch of service that prides itself on stepping up when things are at their worst, no matter the cost, the attempted change in institutional thinking to one where it is okay to ask for help is remarkable. The San Diego Union Tribune reports today on efforts the Marine Corps has been taking since the problem of psychiatric health became such a glaring issue last year. Let’s all hope that these heartening steps bring lasting improvements in the way help is brought to troops and Veterans in need of support.