Friday, November 16, 2007

Unintended Consequences

Back on Veteran's Day I said:

...with all of the brain injuries resulting from this particular war, I can't help but wonder whether adequate mental (or any) healthcare will be the defining issue for this generation of veterans

Well as it turns out, the defining issue seems to already be upon us, as the suicide rates of veterans, especially young ones, is well above the national average.

At least 6256 US veterans committed suicide in 2005 - an average of 17 a day - they said, with veterans overall more than twice as likely to take their own lives as the rest of the general population. That figure rose to 22.9 to 31.9 suicides per 100,000 among veterans aged 20 to 24 - almost four times the non-veteran average for the age group.

Of course, this news isn't really being reported in the American press, but you can read about it in Australia. Found the link and excerpt via BartCop.

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