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War Hero Assassinations and War Hero SuicidesDr. Phillip Leveque Salem-News.com
PTSD strikes hard at home, with suicides happening far too often.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - The Oregonian in this past week has given front page display of this tragic problem. I warned about this three years ago when I wrote The Chickens Are Coming Home To Roost. Not to imply that our war hero veterans are “chicken” by any means but the Army is destroying a generation of this country's war heroes, many after they come home.
These suicides et cetera are just the tip of the iceberg.
The PTSD rate of these returning battle veterans is escalating in numbers and also in severity. Almost every returning combat veteran has PTSD.
PTSD is rated on a severity scale of 1-10.
If it is of severity 3 or 4 he/she can possibly handle it. When it gets to 5 or above there is moderate trouble. When it is 7, 8 or 9 that is a real problem.
It appears the 10’s either commit suicide by themselves or "suicide by police" which happened in Vancouver, Washington last week. 22-year old Nikkolas Lookabill was just home from a tour in Iraq which he described as "Hell and horrible", which seems quite accurate from the stories of what’s going on and the Army philosophy that privates in particular are expendable.
It seems that this may also hold true for Sgt. First Class – First Soldier in his company, Matthew Good. When PTSD gets to a First Sergeant this is extremely serious. His picture showed a chest-full of medals. They don’t come with the Cracker Jacks. He earned the stripes and the medals. This makes it extremely serious.
It appears his family life was destroyed with him.
The Army and The Oregonian report high and unacceptable rates of suicides among all ranks... Is anything being done???
General Peter Chiarelli in charge, pontifically states, “for us to blame this just on the war would be wrong”. Who is he kidding?? The Army is rather selective about whom they recruit and especially whom they promote.
The suicides are reported to be about 200 per year. It is likely to be more because the PTSD patients have found they can commit suicide with the medications given by the Army and Veterans Administration medicos, usually Nurse Practitioners under VA orders.
This rotten mess should be investigated by non-Army physicians. The Army and VA are just burying their mistakes.
HOORAH TO MY FELLOW PTSD VICTIMS!!!
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