War and suicide

Posted Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The Aug. 7 Associated Press story, “Combat, suicide risk not linked, study says,” begs a lot of questions with regard to this single study. Why would the government send our troops to war and combat without a guarantee they would receive comprehensive physical and psychological tests prior to being deployed?

This “study” suggests that most service-related suicides are a result of pre-existing psychiatric problems. That’s hogwash. There’s a lot of evidence to the contrary when one considers the ramifications of just going “over there” and to war. Of course, it affects one’s psyche.

The majority of mental effects of war are nurtured in the sauna heat and the “killing fields” of Afghanistan with their ground kamikazes at the ready to kill our soldiers. As President Harry Truman said,”War is hell.”

— Darlene Rogers, Fort Worth

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