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120 US war veteran suicides a week

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posted on Mar, 16 2008 @ 11:29 AM
Now, Bush wants to go to War, he is romantized and baptized about his home-made war, but is so afraid to go for funerals during the day, and would rather go to the cometary at Midnight. This pumpkin is truly a lost ghost from the pits of Hell.

120 War Vets Commit Suicide Each Week
By Penny Coleman

The military refuses to come clean, insisting the high rates are due to "personal problems," not experience in combat.

Earlier this year, using the clout that only major broadcast networks seem capable of mustering, CBS News contacted the governments of all 50 states requesting their official records of death by suicide going back 12 years. They heard back from 45 of the 50. From the mountains of gathered information, they sifted out the suicides of those Americans who had served in the armed forces. What they discovered is that in 2005 alone -- and remember, this is just in 45 states -- there were at least 6,256 veteran suicides, 120 every week for a year and an average of 17 every day.

As the widow of a Vietnam vet who killed himself after coming home, and as the author of a book for which I interviewed dozens of other women who had also lost husbands (or sons or fathers) to PTSD and suicide in the aftermath of the war in Vietnam, I am deeply grateful to CBS for undertaking this long overdue investigation. I am also heartbroken that the numbers are so astonishingly high and tentatively optimistic that perhaps now that there are hard numbers to attest to the magnitude of the problem, it will finally be taken seriously. I say tentatively because this is an administration that melts hard numbers on their tongues like communion wafers.

Since these new wars began, and in spite of a continuous flood of alarming reports, the Department of Defense has managed to keep what has clearly become an epidemic of death beneath the radar of public awareness by systematically concealing statistics about soldier suicides. They have done everything from burying them on official casualty lists in a category they call "accidental noncombat deaths" to outright lying to the parents of dead soldiers. And the Department of Veterans Affairs has rubber-stamped their disinformation, continuing to insist that their studies indicate that soldiers are killing themselves, not because of their combat experiences, but because they have "personal problems."

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posted on Mar, 16 2008 @ 11:39 AM
If this is true it is very shocking. What could be making them do this and how was this not discovered earlier? What is going on in our military? Is this story real? I will dig.

A falling toll, but war hits home (news article)

The New York Times recently outlined another hidden dimension of the war when it revealed that 121 Iraq war veterans had committed or been charged with a homicide on home soil since their discharge.

and from the same article:

Meanwhile, suicide among Iraq veterans has become such a persistent issue that last November the President, George Bush, approved a suicide prevention law requiring mental health training for staff in the Department of Veterans Affairs and screening for veterans under care.

[edit on 16-3-2008 by stikkinikki]

posted on Mar, 16 2008 @ 11:49 AM
Here are a few interesting articles from the www. ay.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003718268

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posted on Mar, 16 2008 @ 12:14 PM
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War's legacy: Its human toll :

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