"This research endeavor is the first time that community environments will be incorporated into the research process, giving us a whole new level of insight into potential factors of veteran suicide and non-natural death" 

- Jim Lorraine

Objective & Scope:

Operation Deep Dive is a community-based, former service member, suicide prevention study taking place across the country. This four-year study is a partnership between America’s Warrior Partnership and researchers from The University of Alabama that is funded by a grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation.

The goal of Operation Deep Dive is to identify community factors that can develop an upstream approach to enhancing programs that improve former service members' quality of life and reduce risk factors associated with former service member suicide and non-natural deaths.

Operation Deep Dive is the first research study of its kind to:

  • Look at the impact of community environments on former service members.

  • Look at the impact of less-than-honorable discharges on former service member suicides and non-natural deaths, as well as the differences in suicide rates between those who did and did not receive support services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

  • Include former service members with Honorable Discharge, Entry Level Separation, General Discharge – Under Honorable Conditions, Other Than Honorable Conditions Discharge, Bad Conduct Discharge, Officer Discharge, or Dishonorable Discharge.

  • Include cases of non-natural deaths (overdose, asphyxiation, accidental gunshot, drowning, suicide by law enforcement, or high-speed, single-driver accident) in addition to suicide, which will provide a more comprehensive view of self-destructive behaviors that can potentially prove fatal.

Additional Resources:

If you are a service member or veteran in crisis or you’re concerned about one:

Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or send a text message to 838255