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Veteran and Soldier Suicides

Posted by feww on March 26, 2008

Mr Bush, How Can You Sleep at Night?
Or Don’t Vampires Sleep at Night?

A CBS News investigation found that in 2005 “there were at least 6,256 suicides among those who served in the armed forces. That’s 120 each and every week, in just one year.”

Bowman Testimony
Bowman testified before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs in December. He said: “As my family was preparing for our 2005 Thanksgiving meal, our son Timothy was lying on the floor of my shop office, slowly bleeding to death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His war was now over, his demons were gone. Tim was laid to rest in a combination military, firefighter funeral that was a tribute to the man he was.

“Tim was the life of a party, happy-go-lucky young man that joined the National Guard in 2003 to earn money for college and get a little structure in his life. On March 19 of 2005 when Specialist Timothy Noble Bowman got off the bus with the other National Guard soldiers of Foxtrot 202 that were returning from Iraq he was a different man. He had a glaze in his eyes and a 1,000-yard stare, always looking for an insurgent.

“[My son] was not counted in any VA statistics of any kind. He had not made it into the VA system because of the stigma of reporting mental problems, he was National Guard, and he was not on a drill weekend when he took his life. The only statistical study that he was counted in was the CBS study. And there are many more just like him. We call them KBA’s, killed because of action. The unknown fallen.” MIKE BOWMAN, mikebowman@dishmail.net,
http://veterans.house.gov/hearings/Testimony.aspx?TID=11136

YANIA PADILLA, empressyania@sbcglobal.net
Sister of Walter Padilla, Yania said today: “My brother committed suicide on April 1, 2007. He was about to become engaged, they’d bought rings, they had gone house-hunting the day before. He’d been discharged with PTSD in February of 2005. He’d gone to the VA, but they just gave him some pills. He was withdrawn and introspective.” See “Vet’s war continued at home” at:
<http://www.csindy.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A20523&gt;

For background, see:

“Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans” [Nov. 13, 2007]
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/13/cbsnews_investigates/main3496471.shtml

“Suicides Seen Among Vets Treated By VA” [March 20, 2008]
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/03/20/cbsnews_investigates/main3956210.shtml

CNN reported Feb. 3, 2008 that according to the military’s own statistics:
“Every day, five U.S. soldiers try to kill themselves. Before the Iraq war began, that figure was less than one suicide attempt a day.”
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/02/01/military.suicides/index.html

Source: Institute for Public Accuracy

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