1.11.2010

ex-military suicides up again, this time for the very young

More reasons to work for peace.
The suicide rate among 18- to 29-year-old men who've left the military has gone up significantly, the government said Monday.

The rate for these veterans went up 26 percent from 2005 to 2007, according to preliminary data from the Veterans Affairs Department. It's assumed that most of the veterans in this age group served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

If there is a bright spot in the data, it's that in 2007 veterans in the group who used VA health care were less likely to commit suicide than those who did not. That's a change from 2005.

The military in recent years has struggled as well with an increase in suicides, with the Army seeing a record number last year. While the military frequently releases such data, it has been more difficult to track suicide information on veterans once they've left active duty.

Then there are the slow suicides: addiction, homelessness, dissolved families.

Bring them home. Each and every one of them.

Update. Something I forgot to mention earlier: the caskets of military suicides do not get the flag-draped coffin treatment. They do not receive presidential messages of condolences.

5 comments:

MSEH said...

I've never heard this about the flags/casket. Did a little looking and saw this from last June: http://www.indy.com/posts/soldier-s-family-puts-spotlight-on-military-suicides.

Is this, perhaps, a policy change in response to emphasis on the problem?

MSEH said...

But, re the same family, the part of condolences is, sadly, still true. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125911318179763359.html. Grrr...

L-girl said...

Here's where I heard of it. I also added the link to the post.

Kimberly Rivera said...

This is an issue that is close to my heart. The rate of soldiers ending there life to rid them selfs of the war damage on there souls Is a tragic end for one who has been through so much. When given no choices, and used over and over, many can see how you would feel to find the peace in no life then in it. They say they will kill you if you do not obey, you know it true after all you see them kill everyday, what makes you any diffrent to them. Thanks for the post. Helping the Vets and Soldiers before and if they choose to disagree they should have that right to leave with diginity and respect, not prosocuted and ultmetly destroyed.

L-girl said...

Thank you, Kim. I have another post about this coming up, it's on my "to write about" list. Sadly, it will still be relevant no matter when I post it.