Suicide among Veterans
by Zoe.Papadatos on September 11, 2013 - 11:22am
Veteran suicides outnumber US military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. Every year, suicide rates in veterans increase. In 2007, 17 veterans committed suicide every day on average. In 2010, those rates increase to 22 veterans each day, according to Veterans Affairs.
An article by NBC news informs that VA has released reports of increasing suicide rates among veterans. A non-profit advocacy group, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans of America, says that the nation should be outraged by these standards. They say that the government should be making an effort to provide better mental health care to veterans (and other people alike) in need.
I find that these statistics show how little the government cares for its people. Everything seems to be about profit and self-interest. Why else would they send these men and woman to fight in a war and then abandon the survivors? The US spends more on the military than the next 15 countries combined! Obviously, they can afford to provide veterans with mental health care, so why don’t they?