I have recently been doing some research on the internet about our soldiers and veterans serving overseas or who have served overseas. I am sure that this information also includes non deployed military personnel as well, and there will be a link posted at the end of this post to find some of the research that i used for this post.
Do you realize that every 65 minutes a military veteran commits suicide. In 2012 the number of troops committing suicide was higher than the number of troops killed in combat. 21% of all suicides in the United States is a veteran. That to me is a very shocking number.
The government is doing things to try and help alleviate this number, but speaking as a veteran, I think they are far short of where they need to be. Basically when a soldier is discharged from the military that is the end of the road. The next day you are replaced by another body and given a ticket home. We send kids as young as 18 years old to a foreign country to kill and expect them to be ok when they return to the states.
I understand that they have chosen to go in to the military and that most of them will be ok at least on the surface when their service time is over. However it ought to be a huge wake up call when 1 out of 5 US veterans are committing suicide. We as a nation are very quick to send our troops overseas to fix problems in other countries, but we quickly forget to keep our own house in order when it is time to care for our troops.
It is time for us as a nation to stand up and be a voice for our troops returning home. When you see one of our troops stop and say thank you and shake their hand. Some you don’t know that they are soldiers but some you do. Take that 5 seconds and do it.
I may not have alot of followers on this blog but that doesn’t mean that I cant be a voice for our troops. If all of you also become a voice for our troops and so on, it will not take long for the government to figure out that there are more important things to worry about besides the pay raise that they are going to get or the vacation they are going to take for a month or so in the summer time.
To top it all off we cancel the fireworks at military bases. One of the most important days in US history and we take it away from the troops who have been serving multiple deployments overseas. I returned from combat in late April of 1991. Part of the July 4th celebration was Lee Greenwood performing at Ft. Bragg NC. When he sang “God Bless the USA” I cried like a baby and I am not ashamed to admit it. That was a very special moment for my wife and I. We celebrated me coming back safe and serving my country in combat all at the same time.I may have rubbed some of you the wrong way and some of you the right way. Either way I do not care as long as I have rubbed you some way. If we stay silent it will never change. Our troops deserve more than mediocrity after serving in combat.
I may have rubbed some of you the wrong way and some of you the right way. Either way I do not care as long as I have rubbed you some way. If we stay silent it will never change. Our troops deserve more than mediocrity after serving in combat.
In closing I just want to say to any soldier currently serving or have served in combat or in peace time. THANK YOU and GOD BLESS
- Fighting Military Suicide: Can Technology Help? (nation.time.com)
- Outrageous: Pentagon Mulls Cutting Danger Pay for Veterans Overseas (ijreview.com)