The Risk of going to War

From the blog

“Veterans are at 50% higher risk of suicide than their peers who have not served.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for post-9/11 veterans, accounting for 22.3% of all deaths.

In 2015 (the most recent year data is available), more than 70% of veteran suicides occurred outside Veterans Health Administration care. (seeking help has a stigma of weakness to this day)

Depending on branch, up to 31% of service members develop PTSD after returning from combat.”
My two cents: PTSD from war is insidious. Their PTSD could be considered complex in my opinion.

They experience daily trauma over an extended period.

We train them to kill, not how to handle the consequences.

Young men are oblivious to the mental dangers war brings.

31% get PTSD.

Would you call that an EPIDEMIC?

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