Anti-suicide program for military runs low

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 29, 2012 - 4:11 PM

Shortfall comes as Minnesota Guard fights high suicide rates.

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mplssellOct. 2, 1111:36 PM

Throw in alcohol abuse(a depressant), & I see why the high rate of suicides.

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hockeyfoxOct. 3, 11 6:08 AM

I guess it is more important to give Big Business tax breaks so they can move more jobs overseas.

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sailor5Oct. 3, 11 6:26 AM

The psychiatric drugs used are the cause. read Medication Madness by Dr Peter Breggin, read The Myth of a Chemical Cure by Dr Moncrief.

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gener7Oct. 3, 11 6:28 AM

Gee the two things we hate most, government and church seem to be doing something right. But because we decided to stop all government in this country, we have no money for this program. We're leaving it to the beneficence of corporate america to keep it afloat. And that would never happen except there might be a chance now that the red star has picked up it's cause.

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hockeyfoxOct. 3, 11 6:57 AM

Guess it is more important to give Big Business tax breaks so they can move more jobs overseas.

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thecolonel63Oct. 3, 11 7:42 AM

Are these young folks suicidal because they are members of the National Guard, or are they suicidal and happen to be in the National Guard? Not that we shouldn't help, but perhaps military service attracts a very small percentage of citizens who tend towards depression, but more than other professions.

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woodyagOct. 3, 11 8:11 AM

Ok, folks. Here is our chance. Every one of us knows we need to be a United country again. No jokes here, no finger pointing. This should be an opportunity for those who've painted themselves into dogmatic corners to step up and say "Of course we need to do the right thing for our soldiers. If we need to find new revenue for this- we'll find it." Actually, a major source of depression among young people is the partisan squabbling- they see no future. There should be no squabbling on this.

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fish60Oct. 3, 11 8:33 AM

The US military budget is larger than something like the next 14 countries combined and we can't fund this necessary program? We DO NOT support our troops no matter how many stickers we put on our gas guzzlers.

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vhgolfOct. 3, 11 8:35 AM

Thecolonel63, you make a solid point. I have an additional point. If we have the highest rate here in Minnesota among the guard, it seems like this program may not be succeeding as well as other states? Do we need to let this program run out of money and fund a new program? I'm just saying, let's get our military the RIGHT help here, they have risked their lives in the name of our freedoms, let's help them!

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wdwm01Oct. 3, 1112:01 PM

Maybe the impetus for people enlisting should be a factor in whether or not to accept them. It's great that they've got such qualified and desirable recruits - but would these same people be enlisting if the economy didn't suck and they thought they could get a job in civilian life? Sheesh. Pretty simple to me: Some of these people didn't feel they had a choice and really don't even want to be in the service. Of course they're going to be affected more deeply than a person who genuinely wants to serve their country.

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