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Barrett had been cleared for a third combat tour in Iraq despite a recent suicide attempt, crushing headaches and a mental illness treated with medication for anxiety and depression. Two months after he arrived, he killed himself by swallowing an unknown number of pills.
He was the sixth soldier from Fort Carson to commit suicide in Iraq. At least 10 others have killed themselves in the U.S., nine after returning from the war.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Evan Kanter, MD, PhD, staff psychiatrist in the PTSD Outpatient Clinic of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, said that estimates are for a minimum of 300,000 psychiatric casualties from service in Iraq, to this point, with an estimated lifetime cost of treatment of $660 billion. That is more than the actual cost of the war to date ($500 billion).
"A study of the first 100,000 [Iraq and Afghanistan] veterans seen at VA facilities showed that 25% of them received mental health diagnoses. Of these, 56% had 2 or more mental health diagnoses. The most common were PTSD, substance abuse, and depression," Dr. Kanter said. "The younger the veterans are, the more likely they are to have mental health conditions."
Evaluation immediately on return from deployment suggested that 5% of active duty and 6% of reserve personnel had a significant mental health problem. When reassessed 3 to 6 months later, 27% of active duty and 42% of reserve personnel received that evaluation.
Dr. Kanter said there are 2 reasons for that difference. "At the time of return, people want to get home and get to their families. They perceive that if they answer yes to the question, it is going to take time [and delay their return home]. So, there is tremendous underreporting. The other is that PTSD and other mental health conditions have an insidious and delayed onset."
Department of Veterans Affairs Analysis
According to the VA's research, 144 veterans committed suicide from the start of the war in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, 2001, through the end of 2005. Of those, 35 veterans, or 24 percent, served in the Reserves and 41, or 29 percent, served in the National Guard. Sixty-eight - or 47 percent - had been in the regular military. Statistics from 2006 and 2007 were not yet available, the VA said.
Last year, the Army said its suicide rate in 2006 rose to 17.3 per 100,000 troops, the highest level in 26 years of record keeping. The Army said recently that as many as 121 soldiers committed suicide last year (2007). If all are confirmed, the number would be more than double the number reported in 2001.
Originally posted by inthefront
Ok, I don't post much, just lurk, but I need to clarify some info.
This might be propaganda, but with the way our news is being censored and how bad this would be to show on the news here in the states, I can see this being hushed across the board.
There is a ( AA ) unit attached to the 82nd airborne and its the 57th Air Ambulance for all those who are debunking what was stated in the report.
Media makes mistakes all the time, and a foreign media agency can make even worse mistakes.
So there IS technically a unit in the AIRBORNE that has the designation 57th, their just not Airborne Troops, their the medics that pull'em out of hell when the time comes....
In January 2007, the 57th Medical Company was officially inactivated. The keynote speaker was Charles Kelly Jr., son of Major Charles Kelly wiki about the Company
And ill even go one better its usually over some girl wife cheating girlfriend cheating etc. Its hard for people in the military to maintain relationships
"Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future." -Adolf Hitler-
You haven't heard any of this on mainstream news channels because its blatant anti-American propaganda coming out of an Iranian government run news agency. This is about as legitimate of a news source as that Weekly World News magazine with batboy. Don't post enemy propaganda here, you'll make a lot of enemies here quickly that way.
Originally posted by annalisse1981
who knows whot realy happend i must say i realy f**king hate war i dont understand why people fight for a goverment that lies to us and pritty much does everything else u can think of (whot s**ts )
but i do commend the poor troops who fight for our goverment they realy have no idea until they get thier then it hits home in thier minds they must be trapped bless them all they are only trying to help,
wish we would all know the truth, then mybe we would all stand together to make this stuff stop