So, it’s been quite a while since the last blogging. Also, since the last flogging. What? I wanted to follow up on pieces before about military suicide rates and the struggles of veterans. I just found this article which I think is worth a read for people interested in this issue. The article discusses this study which says the suicides among active and non-active duty military are not statistically connected to number of deployments, combat seen, or length of deployments. Instead, the suicides track back to underlying problems the service members had including alcohol abuse, depression and manic depression/bi-polar issues…things common in the general American population.
It takes a while to get what they’re talking about (isn’t alcoholism potentially related to PTSD, etc?), but the more I read, the more I sort of understood it. The important takeaway for me was the experts all agree the military needs to revamp how it handles the mental health issues of their troops- which I suppose everyone has been saying for a while- and that things like PTSD don’t account for many of the suicides.
Anyhow, worth a read. Here’s the link.
I also wanted to share, come to think of it, this poetry by a guy named Ed Poynter. He’s a veteran of Iraq-Afghanistan from the UK. He’s seen combat and written about it as part of his personal therapy. The poetry is good and accessible. It’s a step up from the verse of the average joe, but still very down-to-earth.
Thanks for reading. I’ll try to keep more updated! I can’t believe it’s August!