Thursday, February 15, 2018

When do reporters care about our troops committing suicide?

Is anyone paying attention to military suicides?
Combat PTSD Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
February 15, 2018

When do reporters care about our troops committing suicide? Talk to families in the military and they tell you there is a huge problem with suicides. If the numbers the DOD reports are any indication, they are right. The question is, why hasn't the press picked up on any of this?

Are they that unobservant?


Suicide Prevention Office 
History
The Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) was established in 2011 and is part of the Department of Defense's Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. The Secretary of Defense designated a Defense Health Board Task Force to examine efforts to prevent military suicide. The creation of DSPO was the result of the Task Force recommendations.
Approach
DoD integrates a holistic approach to suicide prevention, intervention, and Postvention using a range of medical and non-medical resources. Grounded in a collaborative approach, DSPO works with the Military Services and other Governmental Agencies, Non-Governmental Agencies, non-profit organizations, and the community to reduce the risk for suicide.

They let the Generals get away with saying most of the ones committing suicide, were never deployed. The trouble with that is, every member of the military was trained in "prevention" but this did not work for even those not deployed. Why did they continue it if this is the outcome?



2012
Active 321
Reserve 72
National Guard 132
525

2013
Active 256
Reserve 86
National Guard 134
476

2014
Active 276
Reserve 79
National Guard 91
446

2015
Active 266
Reserve 89
National Guard 125
480

2016
Active 280
Reserve 80
National Guard 122
482

2017 3 Quarters
Active 198
Reserve 76
National Guard 107
381

And yet Congress does not seem to care about any of this. Reporters do not even ask why this is the outcome of what they funded.
How much did this cost and who made money on it?