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Forum Post: Suicide rate for veterans far exceeds that of civilian population

Posted 10 months ago on Sept. 1, 2013, 8:15 a.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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VA efforts since 2007 have shown some results. The Veterans Crisis Line — a national phone line — has experienced a steady increase in the number of calls, texts and chat session visits from former soldiers struggling with suicidal thoughts. In 2007, its first year, 9,379 calls went to the crisis line. Each year the call volume has increased, reaching a high of 193,507 calls in 2012, totaling about 840,000 overall, according to the VA.

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2013/08/30/13292/suicide-rate-veterans-far-exceeds-civilian-population

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[-] -3 points by TropicalDepression (-45) 10 months ago

1/3 of our homeless population are veterans as well. People always assume that people who go into the service are doing so because they are all "rah rah" gung ho.

In reality, a very large portion are simply trying to get out of the shit situation they grew up in.

So we have a very large segment of people who have very troubled youths, and are then plugged into the machine, and then released 10 years later back into the population with no real help afterwards. The way this nation states "support" for vets is at direct odds with the homelessness rate of them.

They should be given free counselling sessions for life afterwards.

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (13497) from South Burlington, VT 10 months ago

yeah-ya, you have all the answers.

never mind the fact that every single time a push rises in Congress to cut Veterans Benefits IT RISES FROM AMONG THE REPELICAN RANKS.

You and your phony concern should run right out to the woodshed - follow close in my cousin's shoes, you mutherfuker - put the gun barrel to your skull and just squeeze

It ain't that hard, I'm sure

and one less cheerleader for the do.nothing party would display such a magnanimous gift to those who have risked so much on our behalf that no words would suffice

[-] 0 points by TropicalDepression (-45) 10 months ago

"You and your phony concern should run right out to the woodshed - follow close in my cousin's shoes, you mutherfuker - put the gun barrel to your skull and just squeeze"

You are quite the poet.

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (13497) from South Burlington, VT 10 months ago

I am glad to see that you finally appreciate my . . . linguistic . . . skill. But do not think that this new found appreciation of yours will in any way deceive anyone into thinking that perhaps you have come to repent the grave errors which have been placed by you on full public display.

Not at all.

Not I, nor anyone else, is likely to be so deceived.

As for myself, I think perhaps I prefer otherwise. Do not, I say, do not so repent, and take up the mantle of crusade against public corruption. Do not . . . for I much prefer that the sea of breaking waves that must come come to find and judge you just as you are

corrupt

and rotten to the core

.

come come I say . . .

Do you not hear my snide laughter?

Can you not feel the depths of my derision?

oo come come . . .

.