Just horrible. Suicide is leading cause of death among active-duty soldiers. What can we do about this, Gunway?
I try to buy products from retailers who use the proceeds for the woulnded warrior project.
I just read an article yesterday about how so many Americans have forgotten or don't care that we still have troops fighting. So many of these soldiers feel like there is a stigma against them when they return from over seas or get off active duty. I don't really care how you feel about the wars these men and women are fighting. But we have to respect and appreciate them. We do need to help these people when they get back. They are volunteering for what they are doing. No one is forcing them. As a society, we have got to treat our soldiers better than we do. I think that will help bring the moral up and let them know we truly do care.
Most troops I know are on some anti-depressant. The army gives them out like skittles. A lot of those drugs have side effects that include increased risk of suicide. Hear anyone talking about that? The silence is deafening.
I didn't know the military dispensed anti-depressants. That's a brewing news story right there.
Im really surprised no one is talking about it.
Does anybody know any journalists that we could stir up??
If I could get my side business going I would love to use some of my proceeds to make care packages for them. Until then IM gonna start writing them letters and send then to uso to distribute to random soldiers. @rnhathaway you made the point I've always been trying to make, no matter what your view on the war is, support the ones that are in there doing the dirty work.
Here's a little something you can do for our troops stationed around the world...
Charlie, I dont know if it would help or hurt to bring the widespread anti-depressant usage of the troops out into the public eye. The fact is the mission sucks, the ROE is a joke, the whole 10+ year Joke On Terror is a farce. I got out of the military because I didnt want to get shot at in Somalia, Haiti and Bosnia fighting for the UN. I cant imagine what it feels like to get your ass shot off for Exxon and Halliburton. I would need a fvcking happy pill to gett through my day too. Its just a crazy enigma that the happy pills contribute to suicide. Bring our GD troops home. That would help.
I am part of the UMT (Unit Ministry Team) and suicide counseling is on the top of our list when it comes to interfacing with the troops. We do all sorts of awareness and preventative training. This is top talk in the military since the numbers have shot through the roof. PTSD is nothing new (read "Unbroken" about Louie Zaporini from WWII, awesome book!), but it seems to have manifested into something that is almost unmanageable. Gang, Faith has a lot to do with it, we live in a self centered and self serving society, and when we fail ourselves or are deemed not strong enough, we have nothing to fall upon thus depression takes hold. It is not a fix all but we see it over and over how much it helps, yet it is something also we have to be careful talking about. There are some programs out there that are showing good results, problem is that many soldiers are not forth coming because of the labels that seem to follow the admission...BTW, PTSD can be caused by any traumatic event, car crash, seeing something violent, rape and the like...its out there and probably more prevalent than most think.
Here's an idea to boost moral and decrease suicide rates: Let our men and women do their job and let them win. Our elected officials in Washington need to allow our military to do what needs to be done. Diplomacy can only go so far. In the 1940's we didn't have a problem kicking some ass to get the job done. How soon we forget the true cost of war and the sacrifices that must be made to achieve victory.