posted on Feb, 1 2013 @ 10:05 PM
Originally posted by benrl
Im not sure what I find more unsettling, the fact that 22 brave americans who served their country choose to end their lives daily, OR the fact that
this has gone on for so long raising from 20 to 22 since the 90s.
Mental health care is in a shameful state in our country, what does it say about us that we can not even help men and women who served their country.
This story reminded me of my Best friends father who was a Vietnam era vet and to this day is struggle getting the proper benefits for his PTSD
(visit the link for the full news article)
Thanks for bringing this article to our attention. And these are only the veteran deaths that are reported as suicide - I wonder what the statistics
would say when you add in more passive types of suicide: drug/alcohol abuse, violence, crime.....
I think it is more than lack of mental health care though that has always been an problem for returning service people. There's a macho element
involved about seeking help that seems to be getting better over the years but still needs to be addressed, not only in the military, but in our US
society as a whole.
You have to question the consequences of teaching people to kill and a society that worships it's killers at a distance but doesn't want them at home.
An excellent resource on teaching to kill is the "Killology Research Group" at www.killology.com...
. I first heard of Lt. Col. (Ret) Grossman
during the nineties when a paper he had written (Grossman, D., "Trained to Kill: Are We Conditioning Our Children to Commit Murder?" Christianity
Today, cover story, August 10, 1998. (Received national writing award, translated and reprinted in periodicals in eight languages; and reprinted in
over a dozen U.S. and Canadian periodicals, to include: Hinduism Today, US Catholic, and Saturday Evening Post.) was circulating around my daughter's
school. I was very impressed. This man is no liberal and makes his living teaching how to train killers - but his insight is dead on.
edit on 1-2-2013 by FyreByrd because: spelling as aways