Thursday, April 5, 2018

Kathie Costos on Remember the Fallen


What was talked about on the show.

"22 a day" not so much and if you read the report from the VA, you'll see that clearly.
Limitations of Existing Data
Currently available data include information on suicide mortality among the population of residents in 21 states. Veteran status in each of these areas is determined by a single question asking about history of U.S. military service. Information about history of military service is routinely obtained from family members and collected by funeral home staff and has not been validated using information from the DoD or VA. Further, Veteran status was not collected by each state during each year of the project period. Appendix B provides a listing of the availability of Veteran identifiers by state and year.

Further, this report contains information from the first 21 states to contribute data for this project and does not include some states, such as California and Texas, with larger Veteran populations. Information from these states has been received and will be included in future reports.
And this one has the "20 a day" with 65% of the veterans committing suicide were over the age of 50!

Good intentions meaningless awareness

How long have they been working on combat related PTSD?

California not counting veteran suicides until 2017 Bill was passed.

Then again, if you read about what Congress is supposed to be fixing, instead of complaining about, you'll know that none of this is had to happen if they did their jobs going back to 1946.

Jurisdiction of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
  1. Veterans' measures generally.
  2. Pensions of all the wars of the U.S., general and special.
  3. Life insurance issued by the government on account of service in the Armed Forces.
  4. Compensation, vocational rehabilitation, and education of veterans.
  5. Veterans' hospitals, medical care, and treatment of veterans.
  6. Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief.
  7. Readjustment of servicemen to civilian life.
  8. National Cemeteries.
And as for the mood I was in during this...