Vets and soldiers killing themselves

Sunday’s column is on one more aspect of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder — the wave of suicides killing our returned soldiers. The numbers have more than doubled in five years, despite ramped up treatment and help by the Veterans Administration.

Interestingly, I just found a guest commentary by Tammy Duckworth, deputy secretary of veterans affairs, who was horribly wounded as a combat helicopter pilot in Iraq. Her commentary say much the same as my column, and may be found here (click.)  Written as it is, by one who has been there, it probably pulls more weight.

Her column is good, noting the horrible toll our veterans pay — 18 suicides a day among veterans, in addition to all the active duty.

I also found at least one of the comments posted under her editorial so abhorent I was tempted to report it as objectionable to the  Washington Post, but decided to let the idiot show the world what scum he is himself. Sadly, people like that, who think anyone who is wounded and admits it is a whiner, are all too common.

Have a safe weekend.

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2 Responses to Vets and soldiers killing themselves

  1. Pat says:

    Many of our returning veterans are coming with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] and Ttraumatic Brain Injuries [TBI]. These are invisible wounds, but true wounds. Our military has given their all for our country and should be provided the best-of-the-best care. We, as a country, should make sure our returning veterans are given the care they deserve.

  2. Mark Shenefelt says:

    It’s tough enough just being a person. Those of us who have not been in war cannot begin to understand what the veterans must go through mentally. They deserve our help and support, not second-guessing.

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