posted on Feb, 16 2009 @ 08:22 AM
Suicide has eclipsed combat deaths with active enlisted men using figures from both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Of course this does not include those who have committed suicide who are no longer considered on active duty. The rate would triple if that count was
taken into the books.
What is going on that is so horrible?
What are our boys seeing and doing that makes them feel as if all is lost when they return home?
The most important question will be what sort of psychological blowback will the vets of Iraq and Afghanistan suffer as a group in the coming lean
years? Where will this lead us?
I suppose most on this board are too young to recall the beaten down economy the Viet Nam vets returned to in the early 70’s. When our new
generation of vets return to North America they too will be returning to a recession as well as to a demoralized public.
When the Viet Nam vets came home some where spit upon. They came home to an angry and divided America fresh out of the dark Nixonian years. The oil
crisis was on the horizon as the Viet Nam vets tried to adjust to an America they did not recognize.
It seems we may be entering an even darker time then that period making myself want to begin to pave a smoother civilian welcome to those who will be
arriving home traumatised by a war hidden from America.
Soon, some of the truths will arrive home with the troops, and we all will need to deal with our foray into the Middle East.
Last month, the number of U.S. soldier suicides reached 24, well ahead of the number of combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan, recorded at 16.
Last week, the U.S. secretary of the army, Pete Geren, said he wanted all 1.2 million U.S. soldiers retrained in suicide prevention by August.
In 2008, the suicide rate among active members of the U.S. army eclipsed the comparable civilian rate for the first time.