MILITARY SUICIDE HEARINGS BEGIN: A Distracted-Impotent 112th Congress Prompts New Jersey Action on 23,000 Veterans Dead From Suicide Since 2008; DoD-VA Prevention Programs Have Proved Miserable Failures

Exposure to sustained human carnage on repeated deployments to the killing fields of Afghanistan and Iraq are resulting in historic PTSD and suicide rates among veterans at home. At least 23,000 veterans have killed themselves since 2008 according to data from the VA, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and CBS News. The CDC reports at least 20 percent of all US suicides are veterans. Congressional oversight has failed to slow suicides. DoD-VA efforts have also failed. Pictured above is war scene familiar to troops, but hidden from public view in America. At Kandahar Role 3 Hospital, Navy Lt. Rodolfo Madrid of Kingsville, Texas, runs to receive what’s left of a soldier’s body severely mangled in IED blast. (Justin Sullivan/Getty)

MONDAY ADVISORY: Senate & Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committees to Hold Joint Hearing on Suicide, PTSD

Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committees to Hold Joint Hearing on Suicide, PTSD Among Veterans and Members of Armed Forces

by Droseman
PolitickerNJ, Oct. 19th, 2012

TRENTON – The Senate and Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs committees will hold a joint hearing on Monday, October 22, to discuss and hear testimony on the current status of suicide and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans and members of the United States Armed Services and the National Guard.

“We are facing an epidemic among those who serve our country,” said Senator Jim Beach, chairman of the Senate Committee. “They are either taking their own lives because of the traumatic experiences they have undergone, or they are experiencing horrible after affects.

“The men and women who have served our country deserve better than this. We need to fully understand why this is happening and provide solutions to stop it.”

We are facing an epidemic among those who serve our country. … The men and women who have served our country deserve better than this. We need to fully understand why this is happening and provide solutions to stop it.

— Jim Beach, chairman of the New Jersey State Senate Committee

“Most of us cannot even imagine what our service men and women have experienced while defending our freedom,” said Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker, Chair of the Assembly Committee.

“We owe it to them to better understand how we can help them cope with the traumas they’ve witnessed and the difficulty transitioning back into civilian life, particularly in this economy.”

Suicides among veterans and those on active duty remain disturbingly high. As reported by the New York Times, approximately 270 active-duty service members have committed suicide this year.

If that rate continues it would be the highest amount of suicides in three years.

PTSD is an anxiety disorder, triggered by a traumatic event, which can lead to depression, nightmares, flashbacks, insomnia, memory loss, and substance abuse problems. Over the last four years, the demand for PTSD counseling has increased by 33.9 percent.

The hearing will feature testimony from Adjutant General Michael Cunniff, and various representatives of the armed forces community.

The hearing will take place at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, 101 Eggert Crossing Road, Lawrenceville, beginning at 1 p.m.

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2 Responses

  1. I am glad you found us and took the time to share your voice on this horrible situation. If you would like to do, please check the “take action” link at the top,of the page. Keep coming back.

  2. I have never agreed with the US military’s strategy of patrolling occupied zones . Why put our good people at risk from IED. Our troops are trained to fight the enemy not ride around as policemen to be ambushed by devices from which they have no defense . The vast majority of casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan have come from IEDs. There is no reward for the risk . Normalisation ? Status Quo ? These areas will never know the definition of these words . War is hell and should be delivered ,thereby ! Munitions which incapacitate the infrastructures of these 3rd world cities and villages is 100% more logical and effective. Food – Lights-Water-Internet …. very persuasive bargaining chips ! I am shocked,appalled , and embarrassed to read that over 21,000 servicemembers have taken their OWN lives , since 2008 . I left the Army in 1999 . Goodluck ? Some would say yes . I say no and I am sorry that I could not contribute to strategies which might have altered this abomination . May God have mercy on us all . I stand ready to serve , yet , again . I am 53 years young .

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