US war veteran suicide rate explodes
There is are many silent screams in the U.S. war of terror. War veterans are increasingly suffering in silence and self-inflicting wounds. Little is known, many want to keep it hush-hush, but the truth about suicides among those who have served in the military is beginning to transpire.
I recently read on the Irish anti-war movement site that a five-month CBS News investigation has discovered data showing a startling rate of suicide amongst war vets in the U.S. 6,256 committed suicide in 2005 alone. That's about 120 people a week.
CBS Chief Investigative Reporter Armen Keteyian have done an extensive report on the issue.
“I just felt like this silent scream inside of me,” said Jessica Harrell, the sister of a soldier who took his own life.
"I opened up the door and there he was," recalled Mike Bowman, the father of an Army reservist.
"I saw the hose double looped around his neck,” said Kevin Lucey, another military father.
"He was gone,” said Mia Sagahon, whose soldier boyfriend committed suicide.
Keteyian spoke with the families of five former soldiers who each served in Iraq - only to die battling an enemy they could not conquer. Their loved ones are now speaking out in their names.