One is Too Many–Combatting Veteran Suicide” Dr. Keita Franklin, Navy Seal Frank Larkin, Major General Mark Graham

One is Too Many–Combatting Veteran Suicide” Dr. Keita Franklin, Navy Seal Frank Larkin, Major General Mark Graham

Introduce from 2018 Symposium

Dr. Keita Franklin Member of Senior Executive Service Director for the Defense Suicide Prevention Office

Responsible for policy and oversight for the Departments Suicide Prevention programs.

Frank Larkin Navy Seal and State Trooper Father of a decorated Navy Seal Ryan F. Larkin who took his own life

Frank’s New Role is Advocate for Veterans

Major General Mark Graham, U.S. Army (ret) Almost 35 Years of Service

Senior Director Rutgers UBHC National Call Center Director

Honoring the memory of their Sons:

2LT Jeff Graham killed by an IED in Iraq in February 2004

Kevin Graham a Senior Army ROTC cadet died by suicide in June 2003

Vets4Warriors provides confidential 24/7 support for all service members

Veterans and their families. 855-838-8255


About Mark A. Graham

Major General, U.S. Army (Retired)



Major General (retired) Mark Graham is currently serving as the Senior Director, Rutgers UBHC National Call Center. Included in his duties is Director, Vets4Warriors and several other programs.


MG Graham retired from the US Army on August 1, 2012 after almost thirty-five years of service. His final position was as the Director (G-3/5/7) U.S. Army Forces Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In this position, he oversaw the plans, operations and training for Army forces (active and reserve component) stationed in the Continental United States and ensured conventional forces were prepared for worldwide deployment and combat.


MG Graham and his wife, Carol, are tireless champions of military and civilian efforts to promote mental health and suicide-prevention awareness, and to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health care. To honor the memory of their sons, 2LT Jeff Graham who was killed by an IED in Iraq in February 2004, and their son Kevin a Senior Army ROTC cadet who died by suicide in June 2003 while studying to be an Army Doctor at the University of Kentucky, the Grahams established the Jeffrey C. and Kevin A. Graham Memorial Fund to provide the “Question, Persuade, Refer” suicide prevention program at the University of Kentucky.


The Grahams were instrumental in establishing the Jeffrey and Kevin Graham Memorial Endowed Lectureship in Psychology for the study of depression and suicide prevention at Cameron University, in Lawton, Oklahoma. Additionally, they support the ongoing efforts of the Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership, Colorado Springs, Colorado (El Paso County), through the “Jeffrey and Kevin Graham Support Services”


The Graham’s story is featured in the award-winning book, “The Invisible Front: Loss and Love in an Era of Endless War”, by Yochi Dreazen.


MG Graham was commissioned a second lieutenant of Field Artillery in December 1977 at Murray State University. Spanning almost 35 years, MG Graham served in key command and staff positions in the United States, Germany and Korea. Past assignments include Field Artillery Battalion Command at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Brigade Command in California as the first Active-Duty Army Colonel to command a National Guard brigade in peacetime; Commander of the Battlefield Coordination Detachment, Osan, Korea then the Executive Officer to the U.S. Forces Korea Commander; Chief of Staff and Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center and Fort Sill; the Deputy Commanding General of 5th U.S. Army/Army North where he supported evacuation and relief operations following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; then as the Commanding General of Fort Carson, Colorado and Division West of First US Army.


In addition to his Bachelor’s degree in political science, MG Graham holds a Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College.


MG Graham’s numerous military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.


Honors and Recognition:

2013 National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’

2011 Community Healing Adolescent Depression and Suicide (CHADS) Champions Award

2010 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Lifesaver Award for Public Service

2009 Secretary of Defense Robert Gates nominated Major General Graham for Time magazine’s 100 most influential people

2009 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Honor Guard Leadership Award

2009 SPARK (Suicide Prevention Advocacy Recognition in Kentucky) Award Recipient

2009 Shining Lights of Hope Award, presented by the Carson J. Spencer Foundation

2009 Distinguished Alumni Award, Oklahoma City University

2008 Heroes of Mental Health Award presented by the Pikes Peak Behavior Health Group

2008 Distinguished Alumnus,Murray State University

2007 Wall of Fame Distinguished Alumni, Belleville Township High School East

Army ROTC Distinguished Alumni Award, Murray State University

Member University of Kentucky Fellows Society

Member Cameron University (Lawton, OK) Foundation



About Dr. Keita Franklin


Dr. Keita Franklin, is a member of Senior Executive Service, is the

Director for the Defense Suicide Prevention Office. She is responsible for

policy and oversight for the Departments Suicide Prevention programs.



Dr. Franklin previously served as the Behavioral Health Branch Head where she was charged with leading the integration of USMC behavioral health programs. In this capacity, she was responsible for the administration of a number of key program areas including; Research, Program Evaluation, Data Surveillance, Program Development, Functional Systems and Prevention and Clinical Services comprised of Substance Abuse, Family Adv


Dr. Franklin directed the policy, future planning, training, technical assistance, resource management and advocacy efforts for seventeen installations and over 200,000 Marines and families across the Corps. Her focus centered on leveraging the science to develop and execute an integrated service delivery built on a common risk and protective factors. In this capacity Dr. Franklin led a team of cross disciplinary professionals in the standing up a comprehensive system of care composed of a number of new programs while ensuring strong program evaluation processes were in place for monitoring program effectiveness.


Dr. Franklin also transitioned the United States Marines Corps nonmedical providers from paper based files to an IT care management documentation system.

Dr. Franklin’s specialty area of focus is on impact of deployment and trauma on military and family relationships, particularly spouses and children. Dr. Franklin has published on deployment and psychological well-being on family relationships and alcohol related issues.


She has served as an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University and has lectured on numerous topics impacting military service members including; deployment stress, secondary trauma, women’s mental health issues in the military, parenting in the military and behavioral health needs of today’s service members. Prior to working for the Marine Corps, Dr. Franklin served at the installation and regional levels for both the United States Air Force and United States Army.


She has worked in the areas of prevention, clinical treatment, child welfare and program administration over a variety of programs. Dr. Franklin has also worked in the non-profit sector in the area of adoptions.


Dr. Franklin is a licensed social worker with a specialization in children and families and has a PhD in social work with specialized training/certifications from the Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis. Dr. Franklin received a leadership award from Virginia Commonwealth University for leading efforts to help train and advise the social work profession on working with military families.


About Frank Larkin

Navy Seal

State Trooper

Father of a decorated Navy Seal who took his own life.

His New Role is Advocate for Veterans


Francis J. “Frank” Larkin III served as the 40th Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate after his appointment to that post by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on January 6, 2015, succeeding Andrew B. Willison. Sergeant-At-Arms His New Role is Advocate for Veterans Members of Congress love to talk about how important it is to care for military veterans. But in the view of Frank Larkin, there has been a lot of talk but little action. And he wants to change that.


His Son, Ryan F. Larkin was also a Navy SEAL, recently separated, who experienced tremendous suffering before and after separation attempting to deal with injuries sustained in both combat and training.  Ryan took his own life on Sunday, April 23th, 2017.


Prior to his death, Ryan had expressed his wish for his body to be used for TBI-Breacher’s Syndrome research in the event anything happened to him.  Shortly after his death, community members reached out to Frank and guided him to a brain trauma research effort, where Ryan’s brain tissue was donated for analysis.


The results of that study were startling and provide an important waypoint for us to consider both the way we treat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder associated with TBI along with what we think we know about the nature of veteran suicides.


There is recent and gathering awareness and body of evidence within both the military and the professional sports industry of the effect of concussion leading to permanent and lasting damage to both the physical and emotional wellbeing of people for which conventional treatment options are actually contra-indicated.



Thank You for the following for making these programs possible

*Army Veteran William Wischnewsky


*Colin Clark (Plane Ticket)

*America’s Warrior Partnership