EGADS!!!! Are you kidding me!?!?!?18 veterans kill themselves every day: report
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Friday, April 23rd, 2010 -- 10:41 am
The suicide rate among war veterans is extraordinary, new data reveals.
Thirty try to commit suicide each day, on average, reports the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Eighteen succeed, roughly five of whom receive medical care from Veterans Affairs, rated one of the best health programs in the country.
"Of the more than 30,000 suicides in this country each year, fully 20 percent of them are acts by veterans,'' said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki at a VA-sponsored suicide prevention conference in January, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
The Times noted that "In general, VA officials said, women attempt suicide more often, but men are more likely to succeed in the attempt."
The report cites access to health care and age -- younger veterans are less likely to try -- as two major factors in the suicide rate, and notes that the VA is seeking to strengthen its suicide prevention programs.
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(I saw that statistic (I think Teaelle posted it???) that we've lost more soldiers to suicide than to "the enemy".... but 18/Day?)
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That does seem high, but regardless how much more or less it is from that number of 18 per day, that's truly sad. I wonder if they ever figured out the suicide rate per day for Nam Vets? As one may notice, I do a lot of comparisons against stats during Nam to gauge how much better or worse things are in today's lie crusades.
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A friend of mines brother committed suicide about 14 months after returning from Iraq...he couldn't get any help...he died a year after my nephew....she got me through that and a year later it was my turn to help her. He was based in fort Carson here in Colorado....heartbreak is what it is....multiply these deathes by 100 to count in family and friends and that's how many walking wounded there are...
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