Thursday, January 31, 2008

Veterans' Suicides and Attempted Suicides At All-Time Highs

Well, since they started keeping track, in 1980, anyway...Somehow they seem to have neglected that particular statistic during my war. Gee! Wonder how dat happened?
Suicides among active-duty soldiers in 2007 reached their highest level since the Army began keeping such records in 1980, according to a draft internal study obtained by The Washington Post. Last year, 121 soldiers took their own lives, nearly 20 percent more than in 2006.

At the same time, the number of attempted suicides or self-inflicted injuries in the Army has jumped sixfold since the Iraq war began. Last year, about 2,100 soldiers injured themselves or attempted suicide, compared with about 350 in 2002, according to the U.S. Army Medical Command Suicide Prevention Action Plan.
(A military spokesperson) said the Army must do a better job of making sure that soldiers in distress receive mental health services. "We need to know what to do when we're concerned about one of our fellows."

The study, which the Army's top personnel chief ordered six months ago, acknowledges that the Army still does not know how to adequately assess, monitor and treat soldiers with psychological problems. In fact, it says that "the current Army Suicide Prevention Program was not originally designed for a combat/deployment environment."
Not all mortal wounds bleed.
Every single veteran returning from combat duty is damaged--injured--in some way. Some admit it, some don't; but all are in some way fucked up--unless they were already suffering from psychopathy. Ever-increasing numbers of veterans are also committing violent crimes, murder, attempted murder, assault, and alcohol-impaired auto crashes. The Army's concern for PTSD-effected soldiers is so much bullshit. Check out Army "Tiger teams" that travel the country to intimidate VA officials to keep veterans' disability claims low. Doubt it? Mother-fucking "Lifers...." I hate fucking 'lifers.'

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