As for newer veterans, if he reads The Warrior SAW, Suicides After War, he'd find all the documentation he needs to figure out exactly why military suicides went up after other members of Congress decided to do something to "prevent" them from happening. Then again, after I've been doing this work since 1982, no one with the power to change this has listened to me on changing the outcome. I doubt they ever will even though it works!
An oath won't undo the damage done by Resilience Training!
Afghan vet, now congressman, has idea to fight veteran suicide
San Diego Union Tribune
July 10, 2017
U.S. House Representative Brian Mast of Florida and U.S. Marines with Marine Rotational Force Europe 17.1 pose for a photo following a luncheon at Vaernes Garnison, Norway, April 18, 2017. (Lance Cpl. Sarah Petrock / U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Europe)A U.S. congressman who was wounded in Afghanistan is promoting the idea of a pledge to combat suicide among the nation’s veterans.
Troops leaving the service could take a voluntary oath to “to preserve the values I have learned, to maintain my body and my mind, and to not bring harm to myself without speaking to my fellow veterans first.”
Rep. Brian Mast of Florida is pitching this as an “Oath of Exit” and wants to add the language to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which is being considered in the House of Representatives this month.
The pledge would also commit troops who are being discharged to “continue to be the keeper of my brothers- and sisters-in-arms” in addition to the United States and the Constitution.
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