Get off the phone!
They have the worst CIC imaginable.
Days or weeks?
You already do a lot without even knowing it through your tax dollars. My new wife-to-be is actually a social worker with the VA (yeah, I know, but she’s awesome) and the statistic doesn’t surprise me. However, troubled veterans not only have easy access to help, but some of them are getting babied to an almost insane degree by VA social workers.
Some people can’t be reached no matter how hard you try. Some take advantage of those who try. It’s just the way it goes, unfortunately.
The rate is still lower than that of the general population. The highest rate is in the over 60 demographic for both vets and non vets and is often a function of illness, sometimes terminal illness.
The media however, wants to portray vets as deranged and dangerous potential killers of themselves and others.
Our military is stretched too thin. Either we need more people to volunteer or we need to scale back our overseas commitments.
The Silver Star Families of America, an organization founded right here on FR is working on this very project. Would you be interested in assisting?
Having to serve multiple combat tours probably doesn’t help much.
i don’t know why i’m responding to this. i just get sick of the leftist language. maybe it’s because my family is helping a disabled vet who has no one in his own family helping out.
a conservative wouldn’t even think about asking what “WE” can do. a true conservative and Christian asks what “I” can do when confronted with an authentic need. what are you going to do? look around, there’s plenty of needed (legit) vets to help.
Find those twenty two that are committing suicide each week and put them in a mental hospital so they won’t commit suicide next week too! I bet the EMTs are getting tired of reviving them!
(OK, OK, it’s a serious issue. And maybe it is counting attempts or suspected attempts, too. But what happened to good grammar.)
My late husband had PTSD from Korea. He felt so guilty about the deaths he was exposed to and inflicted that he felt he had no right to happiness and did his best to destroy our marriage. All unconscious of course. I am sure this is a lot of what is happening now.
When you disconnect someone from the smiles, love and warmth of their family and friends, this happens. These long, repeated tours in harsh environments are making transition back home difficult. A vet always feels different from everyone else. While folks are talking about the next episode of brain drain, military folks are thinking about deep dark things. I did not even serve in a combat zone and I feel very different from non vets.
Unfortunately, the only solution is to re- establish the bonds to loving friends and family. Easier said than done when there is very little common ground. Chris Kyle was on the right track, it will take person to person commitment.
I read this too, and was overwhelmed. I have an Iraqi War Veteran son with serious survivors guilt.
And the I read that the President had order a cutback on breakfast for troops in Afghanistan. The soldiers were writing home requesting breakfast bars, cereal & the like.
My heart is broken. We are abandoning them in the field.
I’m seeking a name & address where I can send some breakfast (the most important meal of the day by some accts) even if the Prez won’t.
They should make at least as much as the dirtbag perverts in Congress.
US Navy Seal
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.