The Military Suicide Report has reached a very difficult and disturbing conclusion regarding the tragic epidemic of suicides among current and former members of the U.S. Armed Services; a conclusion that perhaps is being missed — sadly — by America’s subject matter experts and members of the wider national media. It is deeply painful to suggest what follows, but after so long since offensive military activities began in the Post-9/11 era — and certainly in excess of 50,000 suicide deaths (low estimate) among servicemembers and veterans — I keep returning to the same place. This issue is not about suicide prevention at all. It is a fiscal matter … MONEY. With the average lifetime medical bill for veterans with single diagnosis of PTSD conservatively estimated at $1.5 million, there is a not insignificant economic benefit realized by the American government for each death, by suicide or any other method for that matter. Therefore, I must put forth the suggestion that the reason behind the continued failure to prevent suicides among America’s military members and veterans is very likely a sinister one; nothing more than a simple cost-savings measure. Further, this writer is suggesting that with due diligence and vigorous investigative techniques employed by those who consider themselves professional journalists or government leaders (members of congress) … this hypothesis will be confirmed eventually, and only then may genuine efforts to preserve the precious lives of the young men and women who have served in the seemingly endless wars abroad begin. It is this writer’s greatest hope. Ed. PS: Some readers of TMSR will find the above outlandish, preposerous or even even vulgar. For the record … “I DON’T GIVE A DAMN!” The above words are dedicated to the father of Marine Cpl. Julian Andrew Ortiz, who lost his son to suicide Feb. 22, 2013. May peace be with them both, now and forevermore.
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