It must be terribly disheartening to be treated disrespectfully in boot camp, to be used as a guinea pig for new vaccines and trauma-based mind-control methods, and to then be put into a position where you are expected to pass that disrespect and even cruelty on, to others. Additionally, there is the stress of knowing that at any time you could be killed or kill – after a lifetime spent learning, “Thou shalt NOT kill” – being injured yourself and watching your buddies be injured and killed. Finally, after returning home, who pray tell, has your back? Not the government you served, apparently.
War is SO “last millennium”. Hurting people is barbaric. There’s got to be a better way for humans to live in this world, in peace, happiness and with prosperity for all. But then – the “military industrial complex” is big business, so death and destruction mean obscenely huge profits for that segment.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) this week released a survey showing that 44 percent of respondents said they have thought about suicide since joining the military, with only 10 percent saying they had thought about it prior to military service.
The top veteran advocacy organization’s 10th annual survey was issued over a three-week period in December and January to all IAVA member veterans and over 1,700 veterans responded.
Only 15 percent of those surveyed said the U.S. is making progress on combating military and veteran suicide. Sixty-seven percent of respondents said they personally know a post-9/11 veteran who has attempted suicide, up from 65 percent in 2019 and 54 percent in 2015.
Sixty-two percent of those polled said they personally know a veteran who has died by suicide, up from 59 percent in 2019, 45 percent in 2015, and 40 percent in 2014.
IAVA members were on Capitol Hill this week for a fly-in event for veterans to meet with lawmakers to lobby on behalf of the post-9/11 generation of veterans…