There is a new report on the reason the Department of Veteran’s Affairs fears adding up the suicide rate of returning Iraq vets. Hold on to your hats.
If you think sacrificing the lives of our troops defending, not freedom, mom or apple pie, but the lie George Bush told to get the man who got away from his daddy is unacceptable, hang on to your tranquilizers.
This report from CBS on 11/8/08 shows the results of their investigation into the suicide rate of PTSD sufferers when told by the head of the VA that they haven’t been able to put those numbers together yet. Well folks, turns out this is yet another one of those things kept under wraps for “National Security” which we have all come to realize indicates some traitorous strategy or incompetence by the government must be covered up or they’ll be out of jobs.
Taking the low estimate of 3309 US deaths due to combat alone in Iraq divided by the 276 weeks we’ve been destroying the country and we get an average of 12.3 deaths/week, an apparently acceptable number to people in suits debating everything else because they’re not there. That is the reported deaths directly attributed to combat. That is in no way acceptable and must cease.
Now lets talk about the ones who don’t catch a bullet or an IED, the ones who live with the memories of carrying out orders that have resulted in 1,284,105 deaths of Iraqis. I will let you calculate the horrible rate/week those 12.3 US troops died to kill the enemy.
Had enough? Here’s the killer. CBS found that, using only totals from the 45 states that responded, in 2005, there were 120 suicides by Iraq veterans per week, 18.2 per day!
For every soldier or marine that dies in combat ten commit suicide either over there or returning to the VA denial that it even exists much less is a combat related phenomenon.
In the age range of 22-27 the suicide rate is four time that of non veterans. 28% of all returning vets suffer PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
Veterans make up 11% of the population whole, but 25% of the homeless population.