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Wed Oct 10, 2012, 12:29 AM

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From the Tuscon Citizen:

[fint size="3"]Why Not Debate Military Suicides?[/font]
[font size="1"]by Michael Patrick Brewer on Oct. 09, 2012, under Veterans Worldwide[/font]

The exponential increase in the rate of military and veteran suicides in the past year is not a sideshow to our war on terrorism, it is a war of its own, a war against a terrorized psyche.

Approximately 7000 veterans and active duty military service members have cashed in their mortal lives in the past couple years. For each combatant killed in action 25 are dying by suicide.

“The dog barks and the caravan passes.”

In a new-found healthy and supportive environment of, “support the troops,” contrary to the Vietnam war where the suicides were off the charts, (111,000 est.), the dominant culture has not yet penetrated the impact of 4-5 tours of duty for these young warriors. Neither have the clinical mental health professionals. They may understand the symptoms,but few have discerned the full impact of multiple deployments...
http://tucsoncitizen.com/veteranveritas/?p=843


Given that Romney is toeing the Rep. party line on increased U.S. military presence in the Mideast (Iran & Syria et.al.), shouldn't he and the president debate the catastrophic effect of war, and the subsequent heightened rate of suicide among our active duty soldiers & veterans?

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