Reporter carelessly pushed ear worm of 22Combat PTSD Wounded Times
February 17, 2019
Janice Kiaski Community editor of Weirton Daily Times wrote a headline of "SAVE22 helping family members impacted by veteran suicide" and turned in what could have been a great story of searching for healing, into a selling job of the ear worm that has penetrated the brains of Americans.
"And accepted and understood, too, not to mention inspired to return and help in its mission to raise awareness about the statistic that, every day, 22 veterans commit suicide."It is not "accepted" and is not "understood" by anyone paying attention to all of this because facts actually matter to them!
How the hell is it raising awareness when they couldn't even get the number right? That notorious number came from the VA report that stated clearly it was limited data from just 21 states. Apparently not worth reading for any of the folks popping their heads out of the sand, discovering the heartache the rest of us had been living with for decades and then deciding they should "do something" about it without taking any of is seriously enough to research any of it! Damn it! How could they have taken such a callous attitude?
"While SAVE22 is designed to raise awareness about and help in the prevention of suicide among veterans and active-duty military personnel, it also is an aid for family and friends who’ve been impacted."Suicides in active duty military personnel have gone up over the last decade in every branch, including Special Forces. The Air Force reported they lost 11 Airmen and civilians to suicide last month! Veteran suicides, the known ones, have also gone up, even as the reported numbers remain the same. Why? Because as the VA reported, the number of veterans committing suicide back in 1999 was 20 a day. Although there were over 5 million more veterans living back then, that would mean that the percentages actually went up!
Yet with all that, this unacceptable truth escaped the reporting. Apparently, the result of the "efforts" to raise awareness did not matter either.
"1st Sgt. Brent Charles Myers of Anchorage, Alaska, was 45 when he died Jan. 20, 2018. The former area resident served in the Army for 20 years as an Airborne Ranger, retiring in August 2011. He left behind his wife, two sons and his parents and was part of a big family that included 16 cousins, Corder among them."This group has been doing it for 4 years! What good did all the "efforts" do Myers last year? What good did any of this do for the family? Or for any of the families before it was too late?
The fault does not belong to the families. It belongs to the reporters not paying any attention to the story they want to push down our throats as if it is actually supposed to mean anything!