Friday, September 5, 2008

Just Pull Out

Okay, maybe the pull out method doesn't really work well for anything, but we have got to do something about people in the Army. The soldier suicide rate set a record last year for 115 suicides, but this year that record could be broken again - already the suicide count is up to 62. The distress of repeated deployments is considered the cause of these suicides, even though the Army officials say there's no one reason. The Army is increasing the number of pyshicians and trying to make it less taboo for soldiers to get counsel, but I think we all know what the real issue is:

We shouldn't be fighting these wars.

It's not good for anybody.

Image from The Book of Bunny Suicides

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Anonymous said...

I would highly recommend Lt Col Dave Grossman's book On Killing. He has a PHD in phychology and points out a very well researched study during WW2 that after 60 days of continous combat, 98% of ALL soldiers are psychiatric casualties of one degree or another. (Only the 2% that are psychotic don't care.) The ONLY solution was to get the troops away from the front lines long enough to recover. In Iraq there are no front lines, and most soldiers to one extent or another are in a constant state of frontline stress for a year/18 months. Add the quick turnaround times of going back and it's no surprise. Another black eye for the "McCain loves troops" BS when he voted AGAINST U.S. soldiers having longer breaks between deployments.
A soldier currently deployed told me that the U.S. Army is currently trying to get a small measure of rest by bribing the militias to not shoot American soldiers. Your tax dollars at work...

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