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Originally posted by Ancient_Fury
I really was just a pawn the whole damn time. What keeps me goin are the things i learned about warfare and combat, honor and what it means to be a WARRIOR and not just a marine or soldier of the rank and file. Next time i'll bring the fight to someone who really deserves it, and that is a promise...
Originally posted by PhyberDragon
reply to post by ugie1028
that's weird because I'm a veteran and I'm being treated for a suicide attempt last April. It's weird to explain, but, I wasn't feeling suicidal at the time. It was just something I watched myself do as the weird feelings came over me and the knife slid across my wrist. The only reason I lived was because it wasn't sharp enough to slice more than half my wrist. I wasn't depressed or angry or upset or anything. I just knew I was going to kill someone, so, rather than my family or neighbors I chose myself. And just that quick I set to work doing it, wondering why the whole time and still. I'm not sure if my attempt is related but it does make me curious now.
With more than 6,000 veterans committing suicide every year –- and 98 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan taking their own lives during fiscal 2009 alone -- the Department of Veterans Affairs is redoubling its outreach to veterans and promoting its toll-free suicide-prevention hotline.
At a suicide prevention conference on Monday in Washington, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki....
He noted that of the more than 30,000 suicides each year in America, about 20 percent are committed by veterans.
"Why do we know so much about suicides but still know so little about how to prevent them?" Shinseki said. "Simple question, but we continue to be challenged."