For Crying Out Loud

Our men and women of the armed services are crying–crying out for help for hundreds of soldiers a year who are taking their own life from service-induced trauma, and no one in a position of authority is helping solve the problem.

According to the Associate Press, in 2012 members of the armed forces killed themselves in record numbers. Some experts expect the trend to worsen in 2013.  The Pentagon is aware of the problem. In its own internal statistics, the Pentagon projected an 8% increase in soldier suicides in 2012. In fact, the actual increase is double, a 16% increase in suicide among military personnel.

A true life story from Associated Press tells it all:

One such case was Army Spc. Christopher Nguyen, 29, who killed himself in August at an off-post residence he shared with another member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., according to his sister, Shawna Nguyen.

“He was practically begging for help, and nothing was done,” she said in an interview.

She said he had been diagnosed with an “adjustment disorder” — a problem of coping with the uncertainties of returning home after three deployments in war zones. She believes the Army failed her brother by not doing more to ensure that he received the help he needed before he became suicidal.

“It’s the responsibility of the military to help these men and women,” she said. “They sent them over there (to war); they should be helping them when they come back.”

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