Congress can help prevent military suicides

  • Article by: Dennis J. Reimer and Peter W. Chiarelli , Special to the Washington Post
  • Updated: December 10, 2012 - 12:27 PM

One potentially lifesaving action is no longer available to the military. That should change.

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evldedDec. 10, 1212:49 PM

Ha! Congress can't do anything but argue amogst themselves about problems THEY created themselves.

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margeanncullenDec. 10, 12 1:39 PM

That is just ludicris that the Officers cannot ask their soldiers about personal affairs. I love the irony that Congress/Senate offer up others children to go and die and have the nerve to not help protect them.

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dnaboogerDec. 10, 12 1:41 PM

Bring the troops home to secure out borders! That might help right there.

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knuthansenDec. 10, 12 2:56 PM

Here's an idea that the military most likely hasn't considered. Stop sending soldiers out to kill innocent civilians in foreign lands.

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crystalbayDec. 11, 12 2:06 AM

As a therapist for over 30 years, it's incomprehensible to me that men in positions of policy-writing for the military would even think to include a prohibition to discuss mental health concerns with our troops. What on earth were they thinking???? I've read that one vet kills himself every 80 minutes. This is war's dirty little secret and doesn't even begin to address the emotional carnage of war's survivors. When will it stop?

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melloncollieDec. 11, 12 7:22 AM

Congress cannot prevent suicides. Furthermore, the facts show that most of these suicides are from military personnel that were NEVER deployed or in active duty. We are recruiting people with mental health issues that should disqualify them from service, THAT is the problem.

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melloncollieDec. 11, 12 7:23 AM

"Here's an idea that the military most likely hasn't considered. Stop sending soldiers out to kill innocent civilians in foreign lands."

To even suggest that is what we do is absolutely disgusting.

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jimjimjimjimDec. 11, 12 7:25 AM

If any of you care to do the research you will see that very few of those who committed suicide were ever in battle and in fact most were never deployed.

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beebee82Dec. 11, 12 9:44 AM

Changing the military culture that treats mental health issues as automatic qualification for discharge without benefits would probably help, too. Stop telling soldiers they're unfit and any less of a soldier because they are sick. We don't treat those who break their leg or develop cancer like this. Why is a broken mind treated differently than a broken leg? Get them help and allow them to continue their service once treatment has been completed — just like we would an injured soldier.

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jimjimjimjimDec. 11, 1211:55 AM

"As a therapist for over 30 years...." since when are social workers therapists?

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