Dr. Sue Sisley is not a military veteran, but she wears or carries a dog tag at all times. Stamped with the number “22,” it is a constant reminder of how American vets commit suicide each day — most suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder — according to federal estimates.
“Even though we all realize that is a falsely low number … it is a horrific number,” she says, noting veteran suicides far outnumber the national civilian average. “[And] the fact is the government is not doing anything tangible to find solutions to this. This is why I have this dog tag with me.”
Sisley, a former Department of Veterans Affairs physician, has devoted her life coming up with an effective treatment for PTSD. But her work, while promising, is controversial and not without detractors.