This report screams out to pay attention to what happens to veterans and suicides, compared to civilian rates. These figures don't just happen for no reason. There is a cause. A problem that is not being addressed. A denial of the facts does not offer any hope of resolutions of these tragic suicides. The suicides leave behind families and communities with too little knowledge of the emotional strain veterans experience and many do not know what to do that is helpful.
We can't expect men and women to go off to war and neglect the long term consequences of a war experience on mental health. We owe them more than that.
We sent draftees to the war in Viet Nam. They saw the war as interfering with their plans for themselves and many reacted in an aggressive manner; they fragged their immediate superiors. The more passive returned to become the drug-addicted homeless.
Our political leaders, not wanting that to repeat, have been sending volunteers to our recent wars. Many would have needed paying jobs and, seeing little or no future for themselves, would react suicidally.
An all volunteer military has no one to blame for their service and turn on themselves, they are trying their best to support themselves and families for a corrupt government. I can understand why draftees fragged their immediate superiors and also the more passive ones returning home drug addicted and homeless. If volunteers and draftees recognized they are being used, manipulated and exploited for the purpose of power and wealth, and if they organized in resistance to such maltreatment, perhaps there would be an end of warring.
I have been trying to persuade spouses, parents, and children to resist their loved ones from going in, at very little success.
Do veterans feel they have been used for purposes other than protecting our country? Do they recognize what happened and why?
I dislike this film I recommend because it focuses on Jewish banking corruptions, when the corruption is far broader than Jewish involvement. Truth resides in the explanation of how our banking system works.
"The AMERICAN DREAM is a 30 minute animated film that shows you how you've been scammed by the most basic elements of our government system. All of us Americans strive for the American Dream, and this film shows you why your dream is getting farther and farther away. Do you know how your money is created? Or how banking works? Why did housing prices skyrocket and then plunge? Do you really know what the Federal Reserve System is and how it affects you every single day? THE AMERICAN DREAM takes an entertaining but hard hitting look at how the problems we have today are nothing new, and why leaders throughout our history have warned us and fought against the current type of financial system we have in America today. You will be challenged to investigate some very entrenched and powerful institutions in this nation, and hopefully encouraged to help get our nation back on track."
...to help get our nation back on track.
Phrases like that one sometimes almost slip from my mouth or keyboard.
What stops them?
The histories I've read (many more than Zinn's) have persuaded me that every track the nation has ever been on was worse (meaning less humane, more corrupt, etc) than the track it's now on.
The conservatives on SCOTUS do seem determined to restore a more corrupt, more cruel, past. They will from time to time, in limited ways, succeed. But more people are paying attention now.
I do hope more people pay attention.