Suicide in Mishawaka VA parking lot puts spotlight on veteran mental health crisis
WSBT 22 News
by Veronica Ortega
August 24th 2018
A veteran shot himself yesterday in the parking lot of the VA Health Care Center in Mishawaka -- dead from an apparent suicide.
We often don't report suicide, but this is not about drawing attention to an individual. Rather, we are hoping to raise awareness and help people who are struggling.
This is an issue that impacts people and families every day.
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The rest of the report is good and they interviewed a Vietnam veteran offering hope in the battle against PTSD. The problem is, what they got wrong to start off the report.
Yet again, reporters repeated the number "22" and yet again, we have to endure yet another shameful reminder that another veteran was failed. Failed by all of us because reporters did not care enough to investigate anything for real.
Well, it turns out that while they keep repeating "22 veterans a day commit suicide" the fact is, no one knows how many and we proved it! The VA says they used CDC data but even the CDC does not know how many Americans have committed suicide! Yes, that is right. They are missing data from 10 states.
NO ONE KNOWS HOW MANY MORE VETERANS HAVE COMMITTED SUICIDE!
Add this one to the following public suicides!
How much louder to they have to scream?
Combat PTSD Wounded Times
July 14, 2018
Last year veterans were facing off with law enforcement almost every week, maybe even more, but while these reports should have been national news, they were ignored.
Oh well, it is just so much easier to just use a number as if that is supposed to make any difference to the men and women screaming for help to stay alive.
When veterans commit suicide in a very public way, that is exactly what it is. Oh, not help for themselves. They have already made up their minds it is too late for them. They are screaming for someone to do something to help the other veterans! Like these;
March 9, 2018
Veteran and hostages dead at PTSD program
March 12, 2018
Vietnam veteran committed suicide in Sheridan Police Department Parking lot after calling dispatch to let them know where he was.
March 23, 2018
Soldier dead after standoff at Aberdeen Proving Ground
March 23, 2018
Air Force Veteran dead after police were called to help him.
March 26, 2018
62 year old veteran committed suicide in John Cochran VA Medical Center waiting room
April 3, 2018
76 year old Vietnam veteran committed suicide in Boynton City Hal parking lot. Not first time this happened.
It happened last year in Amarillo Texas when a veteran shot himself in front of the VA hospital.
June 13, 2018
21 year old Private committed public suicide at Clarksville High School after he stole a gun.
June 19, 2018
Vietnam veteran committed suicide at in the VA emergency room.
June 26 2018
Navy Veteran set himself on fire in front of Georgia Capitol protesting the VA system.
Not first time this happened. It also happened in New Jersey last year.
June 27, 2018
Norfolk Navy Yard
Sailor walked into helicopter blade, death ruled suicide.
July 10, 2018
Air Force veteran shot family, and himself after setting house on fire.
July 14, 2018
Veteran shot himself inside the VA Hospital Chapel
Not the first times since it happened last year when a 33 year old veteran shot himself at the VA.
Those are just from the reports I found in the last hour.
Could not get all this out of my head, so if you do not like it when I explode, do not watch this video!