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Originally posted by Styki
I also wanted to add that often times soldiers say that the hardest part about being deployed is going home. I remember that when I was coming home I always thought that on the flight back there would be this miraculous change and everything would be alright. When I arrived it was great because my family was there waiting (I was one of the lucky ones) but nothing changed. The only thing that clicked was that I realized hell was only 15 hours away.
It seems so far away on the news. Most people can sit back and say that's going on inside the TV, (Zoolander style, lol) but it's not so far away.
[edit on 11-1-2010 by Styki]
More U.S. military personnel have taken their own lives so far in 2009 than have been killed in either the Afghanistan or Iraq wars this year, according to a Congressional Quarterly compilation of the latest statistics from the armed services.
As of Tuesday, at least 334 members of the military services have committed suicide in 2009, compared with 297 killed in Afghanistan and 144 who died in Iraq, the figures show.
The suicide rate among Canada's soldiers doubled from 2006 to 2007, rising to a rate triple that of the general population, according to data obtained through access to information requests.
Originally posted by The_Archangel
The statistics for veteran suicides is not something that goverments promote and is something that they would like to hide. One of the biggest problem for ex-servicemen in the UK is the number that become drug and alchol dependent as well as becoming homeless.
There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.
The strategy and tactics of guerrilla warfare tend to focus around the use of a small, mobile force competing against a large, unwieldy one. The guerrilla focuses on organizing in small units, dependent on the support of the local population.
Tactically, the guerrilla army would avoid any confrontation with large units of enemy troops, but seek for and eliminate small groups of soldiers to minimize losses and exhaust the opposing force. Not only personnel, resources also are preferred targets. All of this is to weaken the enemy's strength; to cause them to eventually no longer be able to prosecute the war, forcing them to withdraw.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Originally posted by zatara
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
I was thinking.....suicide rate amomg vets? What can be the reason for animal docters to kill themselves ?
There beloved sheep runs off with a Ram, or threatens to tell someone just what goes on after hours?
Horse tranquilizer overdoses? Or fear that their hoof and mouth disease is getting worse?
I am a disabled vet.
What is worse is the "care" ...
Here is a typical session I had with VA shrinks...
"Ok why you here"
".... i'm depressed, suicidal and don't understand why..."
"Well your going to be like this the rest of your life, learn to live with it..."
yeah.. I gave up going. Those are actual quotes from multiple sessions.