posted on Feb, 3 2013 @ 05:04 PM
I am told that when my mother was young, people of her parents generation, were dropping themselves on a fairly regular basis. She recalls three
incidents of suicide on just her road. Of course, in those days the UK was recovering from not one, but two World Wars, both of which were so
harrowing that they make todays actions look like a church picnic.
WW2 is one of very very few examples of wars that needed to be fought without question, that were as justified as can be, considering the consequence
of any military action. My grandfathers were both involved in action against the Nazis, and despite the justification of the allied fight against the
xenophobic tyranny of the Nazi Reich, my mothers father used to say that he considered himself a murderer for what he had to do in the second world
It seems as if ANY military action is bound to produce widespread negativity in those who are involved with it. Even those who do not kill themselves
over it, feel like hell after having been there by the looks of things, no matter the scale of the death toll, no matter the justification of a given
action, or a war as a whole.
Psychologically traumatic events, always cause some negative effect in the mind. The question is, how well is the sufferer supported, by friends,
family, and by the military (which in some cases becomes all the other two as well as the third)? Has everything that can be done, been done, to
ensure the psychological needs of veterans are being met to the highest POSSIBLE standard, rather than the most affordable?
And, the other question (because I doubt that this has ever been the case, despite the protestations of the politicians and bigwigs in military
organisations) is will improvements in aftercare for the people who fight for thier nations, on the pretext of defending them and the people within
them, actually translate into percentile reductions in veteran suicide?
When my mothers father came back from war, it is probable that masses of veterans were hanging themselves, or sucking in oven gas, or shooting
themselves in the head with thier service pistols. But back then, it was not spoken of, let alone a subject of massive public concern. It was taboo to
even discuss suicide, due to the fact that suicide was illegal, not to mention religiously prohibited, and therefore not spoken of at all.
Many are likely to have passed during that period, at thier own hands, and yet been totally forgotten by time. Perhaps if the oldest wounds carried
by veterans, had been properly documented, if the taboo about suicide and PTSD had been erroded, or never existed, we would be less suprised by the
current state of affairs, or better yet, able to deal with the effects of war better as nations in battle.
Since we have no idea however, what it would be like to live in a world where those who fight to defend thier homelands are properly cared for, we
cannot be certain of the effects that would have on suicide figures, and other outworkings of PTSD. For all we know, it might be that war causes in
some people, utterly unassailable mental dysfunctions, which , no matter the care taken, will result in deaths after the fact... But until those in
power decide to spend the time and money finding out, there will be that question, could it be better? It will hang over everything, until it is