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So...apparently this is happening
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Posted 9/21/13 , edited 9/21/13
Any one else shocked by this? That's more than how many die while deployed..

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/21/us/22-veteran-suicides-a-day/index.html
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Posted 9/21/13 , edited 9/21/13

lewfkrad wrote:

Any one else shocked by this? That's more than how many die while deployed..

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/21/us/22-veteran-suicides-a-day/index.html


Not shocked. Just saddened, dismayed, angry about how broken our countries VA health benefits are and how little congress cares.
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I don't know what to say, not because I am surprised or anything but because I think anything I would say would be/sound insensitive whilst not trying to be.
Posted 9/21/13
I'm not surprised, only saddened. Whenever there has been a war, there has always been a lack of help for the veterans (those who deserve help that is).
Posted 9/21/13
It seems that service as a soldier for the US needs to come with a very serious warning about how you won't be accommodated for shit all thanks to a broken system.
Posted 9/21/13
Not shocked or anything. This is actually kind of old news. It sucks and needs to be fixed but so do a lot of things. I don't see any fixes coming soon for any of it either.
Posted 9/21/13
It fits and feeds into my cynicism very well; the fact that people are tools to be exploited until they have no value or use, then they are discarded.
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Posted 9/22/13 , edited 9/22/13
Few people don't seem to know what they are talking about. Can more be done? Yes, but you can say that for many programs. The real problem is getting the ones who are suffering and refuse to acknowledge it. I feel it comes downto pride as man to not show weakness etc...or some just do not have the mental capacity to deal. Everyone is wired differently and I just wish we could get all the suffering into programs like this:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/view/

Watch chapter 8
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Posted 9/22/13
What is there to say? If people insist on having armies, this is how things will be.
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lewfkrad wrote:

Any one else shocked by this? That's more than how many die while deployed..

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/21/us/22-veteran-suicides-a-day/index.html


I'm well aware of it.

Of the dozen soldiers I actually spent time with, while in the field, three of them have off'ed themselves since returning to the states. Perhaps I should have phrased that differently. A quarter of everyone whose names I can actually remember, have taken their own lives. I chalk it up to a combination of a lack of job skills and the abject lack of mental health care. I don't have much to say about it. It's old news that our nation is not only failing our veterans, but the majority public, when it comes to universal healthcare (a staple benefit of all the other 1st world nations). Health care aside, the government really owes it to them to provide civilian job training upon exiting from the service. :/
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Not shocked. There's also loads of other problems veterans face after returning:
http://backhome.news21.com/
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It all makes me sick. Once a year, troops will get a 30 minute brief on why not to kill themselves. Many service members know if they try to get help while in, they will be discharged immediatly, and one people are out, they know many civilians wouldn't understand. Its all so messed up
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lewfkrad wrote:

It all makes me sick. Once a year, troops will get a 30 minute brief on why not to kill themselves. Many service members know if they try to get help while in, they will be discharged immediatly, and one people are out, they know many civilians wouldn't understand. Its all so messed up


Sadly, that same cycle applies to us former service members who enter law enforcement (one of the biggest "civilian" job markets for vets). You're constantly told that suicide is bad--but if a cop seeks counseling, his career is over. Mind you, he might still have a job, but his career is over. Like the constant stress and physical danger weren't enough on their own.
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Posted 9/22/13
From a guy who was in the military, this is very disheartening
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It's not shocking, but sickening and sad. These brave folks risk their lives for the USA and this is how our government repays them when it is time for us to help them? "Thanks for your service, now go deal with your issues by yourself without any help."

Knowing that, I wouldn't ever let any of my loved ones sign up for the Army or Navy.
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