CONTACT Commissioning Maj. Thurstone - Dr. Christian Thurstone

Today, Dr. Thurstone picked up another title: U.S. Army Major.

He was commissioned to serve as an officer in the Army Reserves’ 807th Medical Command — specifically in a unit focused on “combat stress reduction.” Dr. Thurstone is the only psychiatrist in the United States scheduled to join our nation’s military in 2012 to help treat active and inactive service members, who report serious mental health needs at staggering rates. The Army alone now is reporting a suicide rate of one solider per day.

Here at, you’ll begin to find much more information about mental health and the military.

In the meantime, we invite you to check out a few images from today’s commissioning ceremony at Denver Health and Hospital Authority, one of the hospitals Dr. T. serves. That institution also makes a noble commitment every time one of its staff members joins the military.

About Christine Tatum

Christine Tatum is a veteran journalist whose communications and market intel firm, Media Salad, Inc., helps companies and nonprofit organizations win business and stay ahead of their competitors. Her professional stops include the Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, the (Arlington Heights, Ill.) Daily Herald and the (Greensboro, N.C.) News & Record. Her work also has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, and New York Times.

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