Monday, November 2, 2015

Still More Hellish to Be Home Than in Combat?

They Knew And Let Them Die
Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
November 2, 2015


They all knew what was going on and just let them die. There is no other way to explain any of this.

Congress knew and the news reports prove it. The Department of Defense knew and their own records prove it. The VA knew and their records prove it.

The American public should have known had they listed with their hearts and not walked way.

Everyone knew what was going on but few bothered to actually ask how it became more hellish to be back home than it was during combat.

No one can explain how all of it got worse than it was when no one was really doing anything.  How can what is in their mind be so much more dangerous than what was in front of them during combat?

They still don't know they can heal and live better lives so please, if you want to raise awareness of what the problem is, then consider yourself part of the problem.
Army Suicide Rates Climbing
KKTV News
By: David Nancarrow
Apr 14, 2008
Even more alarming, according to Department of Defense sources, attempted suicides rose to more than 2,000, up from about 1400 in 2006.
The Colorado Springs community is constantly reminded of the men and women in uniform who are lost in combat. The Army is now reporting a dramatic rise in the number of soldiers taking their own lives.

There is a single diamond set in a black band on the finger where Mia Sagahon expected to wear her wedding ring.

She thought her fiancee, a veteran, Walter Padilla would be by her side forever.

"You wake up and see them daily and then they're just gone," she said.

Visions of the battlefield haunted the medically discharged Padilla. He tried to hide his pain and tormenting questions from the ones he loved. Mia now knows these questions all too well.

"Am I a weak person?" she believed he wondered. "Why is this happening to me? feeling alone, why am I having these dreams?"

Walter silenced the voices in 2007, taking his life with a single shot from his own gun.

"You can't say good-bye, or anything. It's horrible," Sagahon said.

The Army expects 2007 will have been one of the worst in years in terms of suicide among active soldiers. If 32 cases still under investigation are added to the 89 confirmed, 121 suicides represent a 20 percent spike from 2006 - more than twice the number reported in 2001, pushing the Army rate closer to that seen among the civilian community.

DoD sources report Army officials are currently working on a list of ways to update the Army's suicide prevention program.
read more here
Actually the original report came out in February
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Army Suicide Rates Go Up, Alarm Bells Don't
Army Suicide Rates Climbing
Posted: 10:27 PM Feb 26, 2008
Last Updated: 6:24 AM Feb 27, 2008
Reporter: David Nancarrow
There was another report by CBS News of the number of veterans attempting suicide

The link is still active and you should really read it.
Suicides Seen Among Vets Treated By VA
The data reveals a marked overall increase - from 462 attempts in 2000 to 790 in 2007.
"They need to listen to these guys and listen not only with their ears but also with their hearts." Harold Pendergrass
According to the experts, two age groups stood out between 2000 and 2007. First, ages 20-24 - those likely to have served during the Iraq-Afghan wars. Suicide attempts rose from 11 to 47.

And for vets ages 55 to 59, suicide attempts jumped from 19 to 117.

In both age groups, the attempted suicides grew at a rate much faster than the VA patient population as a whole. In addition, this VA study, also obtained exclusively by CBS News, reveals the increasing number of veterans who recently received VA services ... and still succeeded in committing suicide: rising from 1,403 suicides in 2001 to 1,784 in 2005 - figures the VA has never made public.
In addition, this VA study, also obtained exclusively by CBS News, reveals the increasing number of veterans who recently received VA services ... and still succeeded in committing suicide: rising from 1,403 suicides in 2001 to 1,784 in 2005 - figures the VA has never made public.
As you can see, these are just some of the reports I remember. So when you read about anything that is "being done" to raise awareness on what is happening to our veterans, ask yourself a simple question. "What good has any of this done when it has all gotten worse for all of them?

They survived combat but couldn't survive being "helped" by far too many who just let it all happen. With Veterans Day coming, hey go out and buy a green lightbulb to show your support and write a big fat check to groups being accountable to no one for any of this.  Make sure you support a politician running for office when none of them have ever been held accountable all these years. While you're at it, make sure you feel as if you just did something to feel better because frankly, your ignorance is exactly what they didn't need!