Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Shhhh! Suicide makes us look bad!

And it damn well should. Not to mention the rest of it. Here's an excerpt:

We have to count the victims of Post Traumatic Distress Syndrome, what we used to call being shell-shocked, as victims of the war. The number of those victims has been covered up.

Investigative reporters at CBS News found that in 2005, 6,250 veterans took their lives, nearly 18 a day. Emanuel Margolis writes,

Dr. Ira Katz, chief of mental health services for the Department of Veterans Affairs, sent an e-mail to a VA colleague this past February that read:

"Shh! Our suicide prevention coordinators are identifying about 1,000 suicide attempts per month among the veterans we see in our medical facilities. Is this something we should (carefully) address ourselves in some sort of release before somebody stumbles on it?"

Margolis charges that Katz covered up this startling statistic, showing 12,000 attempted suicides a year while in VA care, when he testified before Congress.Have 30,000 veterans died of suicide in the past 5 years? Have 60,000 tried to? Shouldn't these deeply depressed men and women be added to the casualty tolls? Is war a plague on the mind of those who fight it?

Margolis writes,

120 veterans commit suicide every week.
1,000 veterans attempt suicide while in VA care every month.
Nearly one in five service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan (approximately 300,000) have post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms or major depression.
19 percent of post-Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have been diagnosed with possible traumatic brain injury, according to a Rand Corp. Study in April.
A higher percentage of these veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder than from any previous war because of "stop loss" or an involuntary extension of service in the military (58,300), multiple tours, greater prevalence of brain injuries, etc.
19 percent of returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan would also be nearly 300,000 persons, suffering from traumatic brain injury.

And here is the rest of it.


brenda said...

Its really no secret that most Government related issues are hush-hush. The war isnt popular with the American people, so they try to hide the condition of our troops when they come back from a war where they are forced to kill innocent people. That would make anyone suicidal if it didnt drive you crazy first. And of course the Government thinks we are so ignorant that we cant see whats going on when its right in front of our faces. This should anger everyone, it certainly does me!

Diane J Standiford said...

My God, this is horrible. I figured this was happening, but not to this extent. If God WERE, "My God," he/she wouldn't allow this.