Writing recently in The Washington Post, military author Thomas E. Ricks attempted to answer why so many veterans continue to take their own lives at a higher rate than their civilian counterparts. Relating several anecdotes about military acquaintances who committed suicide, he notes that the suicide rate for veterans has increased 35 percent since 2001. He then offers four theories to account for the escalation of military and veteran suicides:
There is no denying that Americans are war weary, and that no one has a greater right to be weary than the service members who have borne the battle. But if the epidemic of suicide among veterans is a calamity, our national response to it has been a disgrace.
As dedicated veterans disability attorneys, Marcari, Russotto, Spencer & Balaban believes strongly in outreach to veterans, who may be suffering from mental health issues. We also believe in making health resources available. But the commitment to meet this problem head on and find a solution is still lacking.
And that may be the essence of the problem: veteran suicide may be one symptom of a larger dysfunction within a society that has stopped valuing human life. Mr. Ricks concludes his short essay with a simple statement of empathy: whatever the cause of veteran suicide, he says, “it worries me deeply.” He has every reason to be worried, and so do we.
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