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22 Veteran suicides daily! Is this really true? How can WE help THEM?
feb, 6, 2013 | San Rafael Blue

Posted on 02/06/2013 9:16:10 PM PST by San Rafael Blue

Last week, I saw an article online that took my breath away. An average of Twenty Two U.S. Veterans are committing suicide each and every week! Is this true? I'm sorry, I can't refer you directly to that article, but it was not the first time I had heard something like this. I am not even sure the subject was active duty or in-active veterans, now chosing to end their lives.

In spite of my spotty data, you must admit, have you not also heard of the many service people losing hope and leaving this existance 'ahead of schedule'? I wish I knew of some way to help these people. We could pray for them, as I do. We all need to be spiritually 'love-bombed' from time to time. We could probably send money someplace too. That has become the most common default of the sympathetic American People; when in doubt, send money to someone who is in trouble. But what else?

I have'nt much surplus money, but I do have years of job experience working with mentally disabled adults. I know the disability may be temporary, due to a particular trauma, or it permanant, but not always at the same bright flare of intensity. Life can continue to develop and flower, even after a major emotional shake up. I know this personally due to certain life experiences. I now know that one usually has choices in how one choses to react to given situations. I've learned that our sense of peace and morality is often intertwoven with those around us. We have a responsiblity to those who love and depend on us to show respect for the gift of life. With that said, fellow readers, what could the average Jane or Joe do to offer help for those who defend our freedoms?

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: collateraldamages; compassion
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To: San Rafael Blue
How about a big fat pay raise for the warfighters.

They should make at least as much as the dirtbag perverts in Congress.

US Senator
salary $174,000


US Navy Seal
salary $54,000

41 posted on 02/07/2013 3:41:25 AM PST by greedo
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

I disagree.

It depends also what part of the country. In the mental health area, , especially for PTSD...the VA is woefully lacking, both in services, that includes residential programs for PTSD and out patient services.

I have no idea what Va you are talking about...but there are waiting lists and also once they get seen, some of the staff shortages and lack of program services make follow up difficult.

42 posted on 02/07/2013 4:53:14 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Not enough beds, not enough residential programs.

43 posted on 02/07/2013 4:56:08 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: grame

Thank you for your son’s and your service to our country.

I get angry when I read comments on Freepr how the VA is ‘babying” vets. We need an administration that puts its money where its mouth is.And a country that demands the BEST care. Waiting lists for residential programs, staff shortages at the Va are outrageous.

Its easy to say “oh, they won’t come or comply with treatment.” That’s blaming the victim. Lets look at the services we do offer vets: are they the best? are they adequate?

44 posted on 02/07/2013 5:00:50 AM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Go Galt!)
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To: San Rafael Blue

While it is tragic for any life to be lost senselessly, I’d be interested in knowing exactly how this statistic stands up to the same numbers from the general population. Is it higher or lower? I suspect the two are comparable, and we are being manipulated into thinking veterans are somehow more ‘unstable’ than the average Joe.

45 posted on 02/07/2013 6:46:01 AM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

The first psychiatrist they sent him to fell asleep while he was trying to explain his pain.

Exactly how do you comply with that. And do you want to go back the second time & have to start over like it was the first time again! And the second appt isn’t for 3-6 wks. What are you supposed to do in between.

I just want to shout, WHO’s IN CHARGE HERE? Really no one. Sad, sad, sad.

I’m guessing we can expect much the same for the general population in the future.

My dad thought my future husband was a hippie, long hair, bell bottoms, guitar player in band and we’d never stay married. It will soon be 44 yrs, 4 children & 10 G’children. I think he was just a hippie wanna be!

46 posted on 02/07/2013 7:28:38 AM PST by grame (May you know more of the love of God Almighty this day!)
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47 posted on 02/07/2013 8:48:55 AM PST by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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