Suicide

Army Suicides Soar Past 2008's Pace

The day after the shooting at a combat stress clinic in Iraq, new data released to Salon shows soldiers committing suicide at a record-setting pace. Is combat stress the reason?

The Army is on a pace this year to shatter the record suicide rate set among soldiers in 2008, according to data released by the Army to Salon. And the numbers, obtained a day after a patient at a combat stress clinic in Iraq killed five, suggest that combat stress may be contributing to the spike in suicides.

"Coming home": The Conclusion of Salon.com's Series

Bumped and promoted by GH. Originally posted 2009-02-14 10:10:41 -0500.

Top row, left to right: Kenneth Eastridge, Ryan Alderman, Adam Lieberman, Robert Marko. Bottom row: John Needham, Kenneth Lehman, Mark Waltz, Chad Barrett.

In the final article in Salon's series, we ask what President Obama will do about the rise of suicide and murder among U.S. soldiers returning from combat.

This is the conclusion to Salon's weeklong "Coming Home" series, by Mark Benjamin and Michael de Yoanna, on preventable deaths at Fort Carson. You can read the introduction to the series here.

 

It's not about what President Obama will do, but what will this Country, who cheers on Invasions of innocents, than willingly supports their Occupation till they lose interest, do to control what these Wars and Occupations have done to those we've sent. Those of us from this countries previous shows of force and failed policies already know, and we won't allow it to happen again!! President Obama and our representatives in Congress are only that, Our Representatives, it's Our Responsibility to right the wrongs, of the policies, and to take care of those we call Heroe's but are quickly forgotten when they return!

The final installment of the Salon series starts out with this:

"That young man never should have come into the Army"

The above subject title is the forth addition in a week long series at Salon.com by Mark Benjamin and Michael de Yoanna on the returned Soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan called "Coming Home". It's the open window into what happens to some after serving in man's hell on earth, Wars and Occupations of Choice!<!--Break-->

"You're a p- - -y and a scared little kid", 3rd Installment of "Coming Home"

Bumped by Carol. This is a painfully important series. Originally posted 2009-02-12 07:12:02 -0500

The subject title above is the third installment of a week long series of reports being run at Salon.com.

 

The first two installment reports can be found in links below or with this link of what I posted previously

 

"The Death Dealers took my life!"

Hey this sure seem like nepotism or something, but I am bumping this and promoting it. It was originally posted 2009-02-10 12:48:26 -0500. carol.

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A 'Big Hat Tip' to Carol White who sent me the link to the first of this series, a 'Big Hat Tip'!!

Salon.com has a series running all this week called "Coming Home", researched and written by Mark Benjamin and Michael de Yoanna.

The following is the description and lead in information on the series:

Beneath A Brave Solider's Suicide

Promoted. Formatting adjusted. This might also be a good time to check out our PTSD Timeline. -- GH

Military Struggles With Response To PTSD

Dec. 26, 2008 CBS Evening News: Beneath A Brave Solider's Suicide, Cracks In the Mental Health System

The Pentagon says 1 in 5 service members who come home from Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress.

Some find their experiences too much to bear. There were 115 military suicides last year, and 93 through just August of this year.

The biggest obstacle to getting those numbers down may be the military culture itself, reports CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier.

First Sergeant Jeff McKinney was a model soldier, a newlywed, and a new father.

Now, his family says, he's a casualty of war. Two wars really: the war in Iraq, where he served honorably, and the war within the military over how to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

"He needed help and nobody helped him," Chrissy McKinney said. "And that's the reason why he died."

Resources: One Freedom

Creating reintegration solutions for our military service members, families and communities.

Diary of a Suicide: Iraq Veteran

For two years Jason Ermer fought to make it home from Iraq. Last New Year’s Eve, he gave up.

 

It was just after midnight on Dec. 31, 2007, and bitterly cold outside, when two Ogden police officers knocked on the door of Jason Ermer’s home.

Earlier that night, Danny Murchie, an addictions counselor at the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Salt Lake City office, had called Ogden police and asked for a courtesy check on Ermer, his 28-year-old client, a recent Iraq war veteran. Murchie had talked with Ermer and feared he might harm himself.

When no one answered at the Ermer home, police followed footprints in the snow a few blocks into the Ogden Canyon foothills. Near a large boulder, a man’s body lay in the snow, blood pooling near his head. His breathing was slow and gargly.

2008 - Special Thanksgiving Message:

Thousands of Soldiers are no longer with us but especially with their families, this or any coming Thanksgivings!

As of 11-25-2008:

U.S.: Iraq Confirmed Deaths Reported Deaths: 4205 Confirmed Deaths: 4203 Pending Confirmation: 2

U.S.: Afghanistan Confirmed Deaths 629

This message comes from the family of only one soldier who did come back, but not the same as when he left, and will not be celebrating Thanksgiving or any other Holidays with his family, but is certainly not forgotten.

This soldier, and many more, numbers unknown because no one counts them, are still War Casualties but not in the numbers listed above.

The 'Special Thanksgiving Message' comes from his Mom and Dad, Kevin & Joyce Lucey, about their son, Cpl. Jeffrey Michael Lucey, a 23 year old USMC reservist and Iraq conflict veteran.

As the Lucey's say in the beginning there is alot to found about their son on the internet, as many will find there also is about many of those who served in our recent conflicts, Wars of Choice, I'll just give a couple of links.

Jeffrey M Lucey

'Something happened to Jeff'

Jeff Lucey returned from Iraq a changed man. Then he killed himself.

'What Killed Sergeant Grey?'

Originally posted 10/23/2008 - 06:40am. Promoted. -- GH

 

Broadcast: Midday, 10/07/2008, 12:00 p.m.
Sgt. Adam Gray during his tour in Iraq, sitting on top of a tank with Battalion 1-68. Gray was troubled by what he did when he was assigned to guard Iraqi prisoners. (Photo courtesy Tony Sandoval)

Minnesota Public Radio-American Radio Works

American RadioWorks investigates the mysterious death of an Iraq War veteran and uncovers new allegations of detainee abuse. This powerful documentary follows members of a U.S. Army unit and their struggle to come to terms with what they did, and didn't do, in Iraq.

Click To Listen To Radio Documentary

That will bring up their NPR Station radio player, it's about 54min long.

"that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic"

Sad Ending to Tragedy!!!

I posted up about The Iraq Vet that killed one police officer and wounded another:

Suspect in deputy's shooting found dead

OAK HILL The body of a Caldwell County man wanted for killing a sheriff's deputy last week was found in a secluded area of his property today, the victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

OEF/OIF Veteran Suicide Toll: Nearly 15% of Overall U.S. Military Casualties Result from Suicide

originally posted 2008-09-14 20:22:21 -bumped, too important to let be completely overshadowed by the market meltdown.

Cross-posted from PTSD Combat.

Back in February, the Marines released their military branch's updated suicide statistics. They revealed the number of Afghanistan and Iraq combat troops and veterans who took their own lives in 2007 had doubled over the previous year.

Earlier this month, the Army reported its own current soldier suicide data, reflecting another year of record increases. And just last week, the VA chimed in with their latest OEF/OIF veterans suicide figures -- also another record-breaker -- for its Afghanistan and Iraq veteran clients.

What follows below the fold is a partial, quite incomplete look at where we're at today as far as Iraq and Afghanistan troop/veteran suicides are concerned. It's exasperating work; but, I'm in good company. Congress for years has struggled to get a straightforward and full data set out of the DoD and the VA, too.

Packing Inferno - Discussion

Cover of  Packing Inferno by Tyler Boudreau (ePluribus Media)

Tyler Boudreau, former Marine, survivor of Iraq, writes a passionate chronicle of conscience. As cho reports

Though the structure that holds this portrait together is Proustian, the pace is anything but a meander, and neither is the Boudreau’s style ponderous. Instead, Packing Inferno is like a well orchestrated commando raid. Reading it, you are pulled along, never quite sure what the next paragraph will bring, but by the end, you’ve seen the image in the mirror and are haunted by its presence.

Read the review, and post any questions or comments you might have for Boudreau here.

Central Massachussetts area book reading schedule

  • 7 October: Broadside Book Shop (Northampton)
  • 19 November: Odyssey Books (South Hadley)
  • 11 December: Food For Thought Books (Amherst)

Investigation Leads To Action

32,000 Vets To Be Warned About Suicide-Linked Drug

ABC News/Washington Times Investigation Leads To Action

32,000 to be notified? 32,000 Veterans, how many are probably suffering from PTSD/Depression already, apparently are in this program unearthed by ABC News and the Washington Times, 32,000!

BREAKING: 'Disposable Heroes':

Look I'm so F**KING PISSED OFF AGAIN, I really can't wrap my mind around the words to describe this BULLS**T!!

I may, or may not, add more, or just let comments take charge.

Veterans Used To Test Suicide-Linked Drugs

An ABC News and Washington Times Investigation Reveals Vets Are Being Recruited for Government Tests on Drugs with Violent Side Effects