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Veterans of Gulf War & Other Wars Epidemic Suicide Rate

Updated on January 27, 2016

UK soldier and veteran suicides 'outstrip Afghan deaths'

BBC UK soldier and veteran suicides 'outstrip Afghan deaths'

The injection of wastewater from underground operations such as oil drilling is known to increase local seismic activity. Now a study in Science suggests that waves from the most distant temblors can cause quakes at wastewater sites.

Depression and Suicide Affect Our Nation

When stories of war veterans linked to high rates of depression and suicide end up in the New York Times you know we have serious issues. Reports from the specialization in psychiatry indicates hope can be found in ancient practices like meditation and yoga.

It seems a good number of Mind-Body centers have opened up in the different states to train hundreds of leaders and serve thousands of veterans. With these practices, many conditions can be healed besides PTSD. Of course, with breath work, stretching, meditation we can see improvement with depression, pain, sleep problems and even drug and substance abuse. I'm happy to hear about the investment in hours, program development, building usage to manage these types of disease. It proves that drugs are not the only solution or even any of the solution to so many of our emotional, mental and physical problems when we see succeed at a high rate in these severe cases.

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March 2013 report says Suicides Eclipse War Deaths for U.S. Troops | Suicides have increased even as the United States military has withdrawn from Iraq and stepped up efforts to provide mental health, drug and alcohol, and financial counseling services


As I was researching the epidemic suicide rate for young teens in contemporary American society, the stories that rose to the top of news headlines were related to war veterans. Numerous hubpage blogs talk about PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how the aftermath of war can destroy a human being.

  • Please watch ~>>> the short video below showing the numbers who are affected in our nation.

This topic is important enough to be repeated, just so that more people learn about how to recognize a person who is depressed and help someone who might be considering suicide as a way out. I'm learning there are many sides to this health disorder. Afer a 5-month investigation, a CBS News report lists these points:

  • Data collected from 45 states shows that 6,256 men and women armed forces veterans committed suicide in the year 2005. Chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian and his investigative team found that veterans were more than twice as likely to commit suicide that year than non-veterans.
  • Army Times | 18 veterans commit suicide each day, with 950 attempted suicides monthly by veterans who receive treatment from the Veterans Affairs department.
    [2010 report]

During the course of the investigation, the investigative team compiled a list of resources for how to find help and recognize the warning signs of mental health issues that could also be warning signs for suicide.

Be on guard for these warning signs, courtesy of Department of Veterans Affairs :

  • Talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Trying to get pills, guns, or other ways to harm oneself
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
  • Acting in a reckless or risky way
  • Feeling trapped, like there's no way out
  • Saying or feeling there's no reason for living

When we compare this to the teen suicide story, we see some similarities.

  • Renee called her friends to "TALK" about what was happening and desire to commit suicide
  • Self Harm: CUTTING oneself, taking an overdose of pills, buying a gun, etc.
  • Writing about death, dying, or suicide in journals, poems, songs and cutting the words in the skin. We've all seen words written across a mirror.
  • Hopelessness is a major sign
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge - this may be particular to veterans who have had experience in a war/battle situation. It could be related to youth who are in gangs or have been bullied in school or a neighborhood, or being a victim of rape which is all too common in war, but not spoken about often enough.
  • Acting in a reckless or risky way - what might be a display of courage could be showing a numbness or unfeeling or uncaring for self preservation
  • Feeling trapped, like there's no way out is a common theme at all ages. Loss of freedom, success or achievement or way to provide for self and family.
  • All humans need to find meaning in life and have a purpose. Saying or feeling there's no reason for living is another warning sign.

For more on mental health services contact the Dept of Veterans Affairs or call the VA's suicide hotline at 8 0 0 2 7 3 T A L K ( 8 2 5 5 ).

Veteran Medal

Medal of Honor shows battle scars
Medal of Honor shows battle scars

What is Happening?

What else could be depressing for veterans?

Latest News: Veterans of Gulf War have highest incidence of Louis Gehrig's Disease.

Veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War may be more than twice as likely to be stricken with Lou Gehrig's Disease [amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)] than members of the general population.

Gulf War syndrome, which lists fatigue, joint pain, depression, balance problems and diarrhea among its symptoms, was first diagnosed in 1997 and is said to be linked to exposure to toxic chemicals.

These soldiers were also given mandatory vaccinations that could have effected their immune systems.

Scientific American | Government Cover Up of Agent Orange During Vietnam

An investigative team unearthed records showing that agent orange herbicide use, conducted in 1974, excluded 9,440,028 liters of herbicide. The researchers found that 1.9 million unaccounted for fly missions of Agent Purple was likely to have had a dioxin content of as much as 45 parts per million, while Agent Orange is thought to contain 13 parts per million. An investigation of prostate cancer rates for these veterans is now in progress.

This Inner Turmoil is A Result of Loss, Grief, Shock and War

Suicide in American is a Hidden Epidemic ~ No Longer!

These people are hurt, in pain, lost, abandoned, helpless and desperate. What is the TRUE cost of war? What is the price tag of a life and the destruction of a family unit? Does anyone care? What are the benefits of sending more people into a battle that cannot be won?

The amount of shock, horror, hate, pain and death the veterans witness is enough to switch off the natural emotional balance that many of us take for granted.

Do Americans know what exactly these young people are being trained to do and what conditions we are sending them into?

The infrastructure to care for these individuals is not built into the system. The economy is depressed, not just the emotional state of all Americans. How can we take care of this problem?

Now that we, as Americans, know about this increasing problem we must speak about it to friends and family. When veterans hear us talking, they will feel their problem is out in the open. They may speak up. They may reach out for help.

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The Hidden Numbers from the Present Wars

We are Not Prepared

What is needed to help these war torn individuals? Just as the TWLOHA program started from the grassroots efforts of a few individuals who were touched by the story of one young teen, so too, more programs must spring up around the nation of similar substance. Provide a loving caring nurturing facility to rehabilitate these individuals. Going back to the warning signs may give us some hints.

  • We need trained Counselors to provide a Listening Ear
  • A safe house facility where emotionally unstable individuals cannot obtain instruments of harm
  • A program that shows how Journaling Can be part of the Healing Process
  • Providing the hope that is needed for a better future through re-education programs that result in employment
  • Anger management classes will be a natural outcropping from the other therapies
  • How can we teach the difference between an insecure war situation and a safe home life so that these individuals do not feel they must take drastic measures to feel themselves in the world? How can they feel touch again?
  • We must help these people get in touch with a once felt feeling of freedom, instead of the boxed in sensation of being trapped in a life of pain, loss, guilt, regret, self hate, etc.
  • What do we do to make life meaningful? One concept is to provide a way for these veterans to help others in need. Helping your fellow humans is a major way to feel needed, loved, cared for by caring for others.

Reuters | A new kind of Veteran's Hospital for traumatized victims. The government will open five special units to provide services to military sustained multiple and brain injuries. Along with the physical damage, these war survivors will also deal with emotional and mental traumas.

New military units will be using special training of medics, evacuation speed and new anti-coagulant drugs to prevent clotting and keep blood flowing, which in turn prevents aneurisms or blockage of blood to nourish tissues and organs, including the brain.

Wouldn't it be awesome if these personnel were taught to use a simple homeopathic remedy such as ARNICA?

What About The Children?

The Classroom

As a side note. Just take a look at what this war does to all the members of the family, the classroom, friends and family members. This is just the beginning of recovery.

Physical Brain Damage

Lest I forget the actual physical damage from bomb blasts, this is a real and definite cause of PTSD and fear of harm, nervous disorders and tissue damage.

This is Just One Voice

Let us turn things around

Suicide In The Military: What Is Killing Off Our Troops

  • Suicide In The Military: What Is Killing Off Our Troops

    The title of this Hubpages, "Veterans of Gulf War & Other Wars Epidemic Suicide Rate" highlights the startling statistics and rising rates of suicide in the veteran populations. DIYweddingplanner also want's to know what is killing off our troops? She tells us that of the 468 soldiers who committed suicide in the year 2010 the majority did not get deployed overseas, but suffered from many common symptoms of stress and mental illness. High on the list of concerns observed was self medication through alcohol and drugs, discord within families and the pressures of economic instability.

    Being diagnosed with a mental illness puts a mark on a person's record, but, the recognition of so many problems has eased the stigma somewhat.

    The hub concludes with a list of signs for friends and family members to observe as changes away from good coping skills toward suicidal tendencies.

Jonathan Davis Quote
Jonathan Davis Quote

Comprehensive Soldier Treatment Plan Report | A training program to be flexible, reframe tragedy, bounce back while going through the steps of grieving like anger and sadness. And, most importantly, learning that it's okay to ask for help as a sign of strength, rather than a sign of weakness. This new controversial psychological counseling program helps people focus on the positive rather than sink into the negative aspects of life. Fascinating that they say, 'everything begins with thoughts!" Maybe there is hope in the world. Search PBS NewsHour | July - Dec 11 PTSD

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Debby Bruck, CHOM is the founder and administrator of Homeopathy World Community. She is presently doing a radio show reading the founding work "The Organon" by Samuel Hahnemann on BlogTalkRadio. Debby believes that homeopathy is the wave of the future that provides hope and healing to those who have tried every other approach. Follow Debby on Twitter.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Thanks so much Denise. Perhaps the article from July 2012 telling us 38 soldiers took their own lives, even as we pull out of Afghanistan. Among all branches, the number is up 22 percent from a year ago.

      After realizing the high and increasing rates in their state, Texas has become proactive. Lawmakers Discuss Mental Health Challenges for Veterans. Department of State Health Services. The Texas Tribune

      I was happy to read about core issues mediation and not simply giving drugs, including peer networks and changing cultural attitudes. They kind of say these soldiers were mentally programmed and now have to figure out a way to undo the programming in their brains.

      After war, soldiers have lost trust in people and the system. Their resistance to ask for help and get back into the government system creates another hurdle to overcome. Texas, with the high number of suicides, were forced to deal with this issue. I wonder if they can design a model for other states to follow? Thanks, again, for bringing up this topic.



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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks, Debby-I'll check it out. This judge in Texas was touted for his efforts to ease the Vets back into society when things go terribly wrong. There has been gross neglect in dealing with this epidemic issue.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Denise ~ I believe there exist small clinics and individuals around the nation dedicated to supporting the veterans. But, by and large, they have been dismissed, neglected and misunderstood. I have posted an excellent video produced by Gary Null concerning this issue. He tells all. "Gary Null Talks About American Veterans As Discarded Forgotten Guinea Pigs"

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Such a valuable hub. I just saw a news report this week that the PTSD rate, along with the suicide rate, has gone up once more, go figure! The report pointed out that a judge is working with Vets in Texas to give them an alternative (therapy) to jail whenever possible. It was a positive show of support and treatment for a rising epidemic. Sharing.

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear Uturn - Your note seems leave a mysterious message, perhaps coded in some fashion, of which I'm unable to decipher. It's true that many chemicals may be found in our food and water. In fact, the number of toxins continues to increase; while, we also try to clean up the environment, I pray. When it comes to our needs, those basics if unfulfilled, become a driving force to instinct in human nature. People, when untrained, can easily lose their sense of compassion, simply to survive. Blessings, Debby

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      uturn 5 years ago

      I say they are using a chemical that is in the food and water and can be put in alchohol and most any substance that we ingest. Been going on b4 911: I say that it goes like this, as this ! Humans have what i call the path ... Human nature and we become as animals do and are use to our surroundings. We become easy to figure out as we our human nature of are habitat, can be studied and timing is then established and it leaves the door open for the unexpected acts of spies.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Pumpkin Pie. Yup, I read it. Something funky is happening with this hub. I've contact TEAM HUBPAGES. Trying to catch up on all this hub reading means no sleep.

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter


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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Sweet Pea ~ I did the research and found the info, watched the interview and added a short bit above about that program. Thanks for the information. Yes. Does sound promising. I know that people suffering from great pain can use biofeedback and many other mental skills to reprogram the way they think to overcome trauma. Could be a good thing. Blessings, Debby

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      What do you think about Comprehensive Soldier Treatment? I just heard a McNeil Lehrer Report and it sounds optimistic.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Stacy. This type of treatment does not bode well for the future health of our service people. We simply don't have in place enough resources to care for all the PTSD and emotionally and physically wounded, plus the ripple effect to their families. In the end, those who can will find other resources, either searching for on-line communities, delving into the cultural arts, meditation, yoga, or other form of distractions away from painful situations and memories.

      In regard to your thought about personality types, this may have a strong component. For instance, everyone has a different pain threshold. That might be how bad news effects them, the loss of loved ones, the soul response to fighting and killing another human, and the visions of desperate poverty in the undeveloped world. We would not be human if these things DID NOT affect us!

      How a person bounces back to a state of normalcy and utilizes coping mechanism to help them function within society makes the difference whether they will keep falling into that pit of despair and emotional trauma, which may express itself on the physical level as PTSD. Blessings, Debby

      P.S. I want to thank everyone who has TWEETED this hub to their followers on TWITTER. If you do click that TWEET Button either at the top of this page or via the SHARE at the bottom, please add the mention to me @DebbyBruck so that I know who has tweeted me. Many, many thanks. So far 25 tweets of this page.

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      Lapse 6 years ago from East Coast Rules

      No its not on depression, its on Afghanistan, and references military suicide. You'll see it in my hub list. I don't go into the details of it like you do, which is why it would be great to link. :-)

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Lapse. What is the title of the hub that relates to this article on depression? Thank you for letting me know. All the best, Debby

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      Lapse 6 years ago from East Coast Rules

      Hey Debby, can put a link in my hub to yours? Yours explains the issue well.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear Story ~ This is a quote from an article on my network.

      "Squalene in vaccines has been strongly linked to the Gulf War Syndrome. On August 1991, Anthony Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs admitted that soldiers vaccinated with the anthrax vaccine from 1990 to 1991 had an increased risk of 200 percent in developing the deadly disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also called Lou Gehrig's disease. The soldiers also suffered from a number of debilitating and life-shortening diseases, such as polyarteritis nodosa, multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, transverse myelitis (a neurological disorder caused by inflammation of the spinal cord), endocarditis (inflammation of the heart's inner lining), optic neuritis with blindness and glomerulonephritis (a type of kidney disease)."

      It seems that homeopathy deals specifically with a person's individual symptoms, also taking into account etiology of disease, and obstacles to cure. Thus, if some type of toxin is in the environment or in the body this would need to be cleared.

      Please read my Hubpages on LEAD Toxins. Then visit my HWC network and review articles on auto immune disease { ], influenza and vaccinations. Homeopathy deals specifically with symptoms, not named diseases. I hope this helps.

      So very sorry for your loss. Blessings, Debby

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      Lapse 6 years ago from East Coast Rules

      Just thought of something else... We all hear about supporting the troops in this way and that, and its usually good advice. They do like the toiletries and movies people send, but that's not as cool as someone buying them a drink or lunch when seen stateside. Something else that might be even more valuable and not thought of is helping soldiers families that miss that person. If you know a family where the husband (or even wife) got deployed, take a minute to think about what that spouse did when home and what the one left behind has to do to pick up the slack. For example maybe they need their grass mowed or some simple chore that was really only simple for the person now gone. Some women don't know how to do this that easily. Usually because they care for young children frequently. Do NOT ask if you can do it. Just go DO IT! We all know its sometimes embarrassing to have to ask for help. So things go undone. Do things without asking if you can do them - within reason of course. You are not just helping that spouse, but you are also REALLY helping that soldier overseas! Who do you think she's going to bitch and complain to the most? That soldier, that's who. Yes its kind of legitimate complaining, but think about how that soldier looks forward to calling home. Well when his wife is complaining about the stuff he's normally doing for her, he's going to stop looking forward to calling home and that is a real world reason for divorce among military families. So if you know someone, don't just donate little stuff. Help that family out. You'd be TRULY amazed how hard a deployment is on a young couple. I know I was...

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Debby, maybe- if it is about linking our hubs? I was about to do that. As for this hub, is there a homeopathic approach for Lou Gehrigs? My best buddy Ron died of it years ago. Just wondering...

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Hello Story ~ Thanks for reading. Did you receive my message? Have a blessed day. Debby

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Another intensely felt hub with much to teach! Awesome.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dearest Lapse ~ You said a mouthful here from personal experience and knowledge in the field. The fact that we do not see close-up-and-personal into the lives of soldiers and how their families must cope hides the truth. We do not see the restrictions which they must live, although most Americans know if you sign on the dotted line, that means giving up your life to serve your country.

      The fact that these young people have been given orders to return again and again to danger zones for months at a time away from loved ones puts too much strain on their well-being and sanity.

      Thank you for taking time to post this report and the recommended movies that depict a realistic look at what these families must be going through in contemporary military life.

      Blessings to you, Debby

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      Lapse 6 years ago from East Coast Rules

      I love how CBS treated this story as Breaking News. Sorry Katie Couric and Armen Kitaen you got it wrong. This is not new stuff - just severely under reported. I don't know why they were wasting their time badgering that guy from the VA. You'd think they knew that the VA is part of the Bush Administration and if they wanted to report on the "epidemic levels" of suicide in the military right now, GW would have ordered it. Don't waste your time telling me these facts aren't known that high up in the government. Someone with any common sense could have predicted this would happen too. When active duty AND Guard and Reserve guys get deployed time after time to REALLY stressful situations while being separated from their families for a year or sometimes longer, what do you THINK would happen??? PTSD + Family Separation with small kids and young wives who barely know how to take care of themselves is no joke. Don't forget these guys have PROBABLY moved away from home to be stationed at some military base so that wife has to trust strangers for help because her parents no longer live in the same town.

      After having been deployed in the Guard three times I've seen a little bit, if you want a fairly realistic look at how some of these junior enlisted guy's lives are impacted by the Iraq and Afghanistan War then I honestly recommend you see the movies The Hurt Locker, Stop-Loss, and Jarhead. I think I remember only the Hurt Locker getting high reviews, but I swear to you all of them take very realistic looks at the young soldier's experience with these wars. I really think everybody should watch them. If you're disappointed in the lack of good John Wayne type military action then you're missing the point. These movies give a pretty decent look at the hard choices these young guys have to make and don't forget its frequently not a choice. If you're in the military when you get tagged to deploy overseas you get ORDERS to go. Not a REQUEST. Think about that, in almost any other job in the world you have the option to quit. On the spot if needed! You may be barred from employment in the future at that company, so go get a job at another place. That's nothing compared to a Dishonorable Discharge following you around the rest of your life where MANY companies would not choose to hire you. People really should see these movies and understand these guys better.

      Thank you Debby for helping more people be aware of this issue.

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      Debby Bruck 6 years ago

      Dear DW ~ Thank you for contributing to the wealth of information and your personal experience. Glad to hear that some sectors of the military DO have a support net from generations of people who serve and have developed strategies to cope. Yes. We do worry about those who have no place to turn for support. Blessings, Debby

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      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      I come from a military family. Career officers are less likely to suffer these maladies after they serve in combat, not that it doesn't have a profound effect. I think it has to with their long time dedication, motivation and willingness to enter in to the situation. They also have a more viable and structured support group on their return.

      Enlisted personnel have more contact with people outside of the service and don't have the same kind of camaraderie as the officers share. Those who return to civilian life, are on the outside looking in and feel alienated from their peer group who have no inkling of what they may be suffering.

      I ran into a guy the other day who was going around town trying to find a job. He plans to attend school, but his benefits don't cover all that he needs to support his wife and two children. When we parted ways, I was concerned for him, but I was of no help.

      Our culture is strange the way that there is a sea of people, yet we can't quench the thirst of our needs. It can be sad.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, DB-I followed it from DIY's hub today. I will link my 'depression and suicide' hub to yours as well as hers. Thanks for the spot on tips for noting a troubled preson wo may be potentially suicidal.

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      Tim Mitchell 7 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Note: This is a canned response:

      Thank you both, DIY and Debby, for your research and sharing , , ,suicide has come out of the closet in the last decades, although it has been around longer. Sadly, Suicide is a coping mechanism as stated in both articles. Fueled by hopelessness, low self esteem, social forces, and a strong sense for escape it becomes an answer to an overwhelming problem or set of problems. I could talk more, yet may not be wise. Great work and I sense you each have big hearts , , , ,:)

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Hi DIY ~ I've added the link to your story here. Thanks for visiting and writing more on this topic. Blessings, Debby

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      DIYweddingplanner 7 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Wow, excellent hub, Debby! I saw some of that in my research as well and hated to hear that we still are not doing well by our veterans. So many are still lost every year to suicide.

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Dear DealRocker - I don't think very many people know about the high rate of depression and suicide among veterans. And now the news about Agent Orange. More will be uncovered.

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      dealrocker 7 years ago from California

      It was shocking! I didn't know about that.

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Dear Friends. It is easy to be blind to these daily tragic circumstances. The past administration closed off any news reports or photographs of veterans coming home in body bags or otherwise. The whole issue was under-reported. At least during Vietnam, the people protested, were up in arms, watched the war on the news nightly with plenty of commentary.

      Today, the propaganda machine and manipulation of what is seen on television [bought out] controls the airwaves. Only now, with the internet, do we have citizen reporters to filter through and propagate untold stories.

      Of course, we also must announce the good in the world, the positive outcomes and those who contribute to bettering society. We don't always here the uplifting stories.

      This blog is meant to create awareness about depression and sensitivity to those around us who might be effected. I hope to write more about how homeopathy can help stimulate the individual to rise above their hopeless conditions. The inner battle of the mind and emotions run deep.

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Brings back some sad memories from the Nam War. A realtive put a gun in his mouth.........the memories, the anguish was more than he could stand. Unbelievably, he survived.It was later termed post traumatic stress.

      So many of our soldiers are just boys, not really needing to shave yet. Our men and women having to endure danger of capture,loss of limbs, death, and the ever present threat of a suicide bomber.Then to come home and try to be whole's just too much for some.

      Well written hub...lest we forget......

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      Richard Francis Fleck 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you Debby for this very informative hub. We all need to know about this tragedy.

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      Debby Bruck 7 years ago

      Dear Hello, Hello ~ Thank you for being my cheer-leader. Being heard and helping others through actively blogging about vital issues is one way to feel purpose and live a meaningful life. Thank you my friend. ((HUGS)) Debby

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      You have chosen a subject more the well worth raising it to make everybody aware of the situation. I congratulate you on a well written hub which is so helpful.


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