Sunday, July 18, 2010

Story that makes me go Hmmmmmm......

I came across this story while getting my daily fix of the internet day before yesterday and it disturbed on a whole new level. The story......

Army suicides hit record number in June

Thirty-two soldiers took their own lives last month, the most Army suicides in a single month since the Vietnam era. Eleven of the soldiers were not on active duty. Of the 21 who were, seven were serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.
Army officials say they don't have any answers to why more and more soldiers are resorting to suicide.
"There were no trends to any one unit, camp, post or station," Col. Chris Philbrick, head of the Army's suicide prevention task force, told CNN. "I have no silver bullet to answer the question why."

Last year, a record-breaking 245 soldiers committed suicide. The Army seems on track to surpass that number this year, as 145 soldiers have taken their lives in the first half of 2010.
Tim Embree of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America testified Wednesday before the House Veterans Affairs Committee that many soldiers fear seeking help.
"The heavy stigma associated with mental health care stops many service members and veterans from seeking treatment," he said. "More than half of soldiers and Marines in Iraq who tested positive for a psychological injury reported concerns that they will be seen as weak by their fellow service members."
He pointed out that the statistics don't include the number of veterans who end their own lives. That figure surged 26 percent from 2005 to 2007, according to the Veterans Affairs Department.
The Army has a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline, and has videos and other resources on its website. The Army's new suicide prevention video features a soldier talking about his own failed suicide attempt after his wife said she wanted to divorce him. The rifle he used to try to kill himself didn't fire, he says, and he later found out his comrade had disabled it because he was worried about him.
Is anyone else alarmed at the high statistic of suicides of soldiers they have reported for last year, and so many already for this year? No one seems to understand why this is happening? Obviously what is in place for prevention, treatment and help for families with coping and helping their soldier isn't working!  The fear of a stigma attached with such problems is because the military MAKES one and has made one for many many years. Stories like this just absolutely makes me want to bang my head against my desk and gives me a nosebleed. Just the thought of this many of our soldiers serving heroically, coming home and tragically ending their lives just literally makes me sick.

Wake up Uncle Sam....what you are doing isn't enough!

Heart Sick,

~Uncle Sam's Mistress~


  1. I agree this is the only thing I have been reading about these days. Seems to be a big trending topic with the military these days. It scares me. I don't know how to stop it or make it better.

  2. this is makes me so mad. The army chooses to ignore research going all the way back to Washington's Army about the effects of combat stress on soldiers. I'm writing a book about my uncle who died in Vietnam. Check it out,

  3. I've been reading about this with a heavy heart especially as it hits so close to home.

    It almost seems like the military expects bravery and stength on the one hand, then turns around and says it's okay if you don't feel that way any more. It's like offering a cookie to a kid then slapping their hand if they reach for the cookie jar. Makes no sense.

  4. Well what irks me is that for so many years, the military pushed PTSD under the rug and literally made some soldiers' lives hell if they came forward. NOW all of a sudden, they want to go back and fix years of mistakes? Ain't gonna happen! There are still military installations that are giving our service men and women crap, like Ft. Carson which has been in the news recently. You can't abuse someone for years and then turn around and say everything is ok, get over it. This stigma is permanently implanted within our government and military branches. Sheesh...just really pisses me off.

  5. this info was the third top story on NBC nightly news this week end! I believe it to be a good thing that this is being recognized.

  6. Kurt, you are absolutely correct! I am very glad they are bringing this subject to light rather than sweep it under the rug. So in this, I can say that at least someone is trying. I can still bitch about it though. Hahahaha!!


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