Monday, July 19, 2010

Tragedy: Army Suicides Hit All Time High

Serving in the military myself and having to serve in Afghanistan my heart goes out to these kids man...especially the ones who've had to endure multiple tours, hardship tours at that. War takes a toll of your mind, it takes a toll on your spirit, and even more so it's draining and takes a toll on your soul and to withstand that, most of the time you have to be more than a man or woman, you have to be blessed and unfortunately everyone may not see it like that or feel that way.

Within any war there's always 3 wars that are being fought at the same time: 1. The war on the ground and the physical battle that's being fought each day, 2. the war in the White House (the political battle), and 3. the war within yourself and the fight for your own humanity!

So which one do you think is where lives get lost the most?

via Yahoo News:
Thirty-two soldiers took their own lives last month, the most Army suicides in a single month since the Vietnam era. Eleven of the soldiers were not on active duty. Of the 21 who were, seven were serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said.

Army officials say they don't have any answers to why more and more soldiers are resorting to suicide.

"There were no trends to any one unit, camp, post or station," Col. Chris Philbrick, head of the Army's suicide prevention task force, told CNN. "I have no silver bullet to answer the question why."

Last year, a record-breaking 245 soldiers committed suicide. The Army seems on track to surpass that number this year, as 145 soldiers have taken their lives in the first half of 2010.

"The heavy stigma associated with mental health care stops many service members and veterans from seeking treatment," he said. "More than half of soldiers and Marines in Iraq who tested positive for a psychological injury reported concerns that they will be seen as weak by their fellow service members."

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