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It's estimated that a US war veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes...
Dateline meets the families asking why so little is being done to help
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Added: May-10-2012 Occurred On: May-10-2012
By: CptSpaulding
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Tags: Afghanistan, iraq, war, suicide, veterans
Location: United States (load item map)
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  • 365 days and nights patrolling in a foreign land with the constant threat from ambushes, snipers, ieds and now our "allies", will make anyone paranoid.

    The US military/VA Hospitals are NOTORIOUS for neglecting returning vets,been going on for sometime.It wasn't easy for me to ask for help ,it took me several years to finally break down and go in .Many times before,I just sat in the parking lot of the VA in Minneapolis, just trying to push myself to go in.Well I finally did and my fir More..

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    • @210arty

      At risk of taking some heavy flak I'll say the U.S. has the most idiotic fucking rotation period imaginable.

      Nobody in their right mind wants to spend a solid year away from their families and friends. Guys worrying about their wives or girlfriends banging their best friend, always thinking how everyone else is partying and having fun while you're away. Missing their kids' school plays or just growing up ffs.

      It's a total joke. Can the U.S. not afford the fuel bill for the air trans More..

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    • @ernie2skidoo

      American society has changed. Back in the day there were long lines at the recruiting stations with patriotic Americans signing up to fight wars in foreign lands.

      Today's generation is unpatriotic and too soft to line up like our grandparents did. If they were brave like our grandparents these soldiers wouldn't be deployed 3, 4 or 5 times.

      It's basically a lack of manpower because of the liberal pussification mindset, they feel it's patriotic to pay higher taxes but idiotic to More..

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  • My wife works at the VA here in town. PTSD help is booming there, and at other VA hospitals. Problem is getting them there and willing to accept help, or that they even have a problem. I've got PTSD, from Iraq, and my job as being a cop. Being the butthead Marine that I am, and like many others.... it's very hard to ask for help. Gotta feeling that goes for many others.

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    • @gammyland Very true, most of the lads i served with would rather keep it to themselves than show that they have weakness...

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    • @gammyland Nobody wants to share about it. I have been frequenting the VA about it often since i returned. I get panic attacks and anxiety attacks just from talking about it. It's rough, and have thought about suicide, but that's the easy way out. Gotta rough it out!!

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  • Isit any surprise they take a former Army soldier kicked out as a private, like for drugs, who is covered in crazy tattoos, who is murderously psychotic, and hold him up as the example? To the left, everybody in the Military is violent and dangerous because they have ptsd, are inherently vicious, and inherently too stupid to go to college and get "real jobs'.

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  • There is no way this figure is even remotely true. That would be 6000 a year... this is pure bullshit

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  • sad, brave men sick about war...RIP to the fallen

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  • every 80 mins? bullshit..

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  • BS

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  • Look, every American Soldier death is a tragedy on or off the battlefield. Regardless if it's one a day or every minute.

    We have got to get out of these wars and let the Religion Blind sand monkeys sort themselves out.

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  • it stands to reason that some of these guys will suffer from PTSD.they must see some horrors on active duty.they deserve all the help they can get.

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  • What a crock of shit. They exaggerate and misrepresent. they actually include every veteran, active or reserve, of any age, combat vet or not, peacetime service or wartime, even if they never left the states or heard a shot, in this.
    i hate it when the Communist left tries to explot military veterans, especially with lies.
    To them every vet has PTSD, committed war crimes, and was too stupid, or psychotic, to 'go to college and get a real job', like being a Community Organizer, Professional Pro More..

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    • @grunt Your not saying that shellshock exists in this day in age?

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    • @tilal
      "Shellshock"was something that happened to some troops who underwent heavy and sustained artillery barrages, and was something usually seen in WW I. Often they were buried in collapsed shelters or suffered brain injuries from concussion from the shells.
      "Neurosis"was more common in WW Ii and later wars. Some people couldn'thandle the sustained stress, or even short term stress. No brain injury involved.Just loss of courage. usually those guys just needed a shower, a f More..

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    • @grunt

      buddy are you nuts..shell shock was a loose term to use to describe a soldiers reaction to situation where his metal state changed,doesnt have to be showered by shells it could be seeing his buddy killed,civilians killed,etc,etc..not all soldiers react the same and since your from the US you should research your Veteran hospitals stats about PTSD,its almost 65000 soldiers come back from both gulf wars are still in the need of medical assistance for non visible wounds.

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    • @gizmo8
      lots of them are faking it.That's why records are important. Look at how many are claiming pow benefits.
      You got people who never heard a shot, or in some casesnever left the states, claiming PTSD.

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    • @grunt PTSD comes in many forms... lots of the lads i served with now have serious issues and are far from faking it. Fair enough theres all your pogues that jump on the bandwagon but its the harder lads who did the yards who will keep it to themselves and then one day , end it.

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  • they come back with PTSD, worthless health care, separated from their families (split up), look around them and see the worthless pathetic situation their country is in...and anyone wonders why their suicide rate is so devastatingly high??

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    • @-Crusader- Spot on comment..... spot on. So obviously bullshit fake number and story. Kid listened to rap and idolized Hollywood..... true brainwashed COD playing loser wannabe. Too bad he did what he did though :/

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    • @-Crusader-
      can you proof it?

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  • Oh yeah, Guilt, sooner or later you must pay for what you done to others.

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    • @SuarezThe Hero - Guilt is only one factor, not the only.

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    • @SuarezThe Hero
      "Guilt" and "having to pay for what you have done to others" No soldier should feel guilt for doing what had to be done whilst serving and protecting their country. War is hell, people die and you have to kill people, to say it's normal and expected for an ex service person to feel guilty for their service is not right and could be a sign that some help may be needed?? I 'm just saying, Im not 100% sure.

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  • It’s so sad to fight someone else’s war and die for nothing and if you lucky not to get kill there, you end up killing others of your own and then yourself. I like America and the Americans because they wear their hearts on their sleeves but sadly the ones who are part of the game has no idea or understanding that they fighting Israel war in Middle East.

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    • @no-_-fear
      the odds of being killed or wounded in the usmilitary, even a actively deployed unit, is very low, especially compared to past wars like ww i, WW II, or korea.
      In fact, the likelyhood of death or injury of deployed units of all kinds is lower tha if they were at their home bases and driving their cars at night trying to get back from a weekend trip and speeding.

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  • Thanks, Georgie. Mission Accomplished. God bless you veterans!

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  • This sort of shit has been happening for thousands of years, being a "Civilized society" this should not be happening. The People should demand that all protection, whether physical or mental, should be enforced to all troops in all war zones from our "Civilized society". They are there for us, whether we like it or not, and they should receive the very best of protection available, to make sure they come home and stay home.

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  • Poor guy. Must be pretty depressed to commit suicide every 80 minutes.

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  • "US war veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes"
    Poor guy!

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  • "From 2005 to 2009, it said, more than 1,100 service members committed suicide, which is about one suicide every 36 hours" - From VA medical reports... so they only inflated the number by about 35 times. That being said 1 suicide is too many, but this bullshit reporting does more harm than good.

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    • @shuvit well,you know the news,if it bleeds..it leads

      and yea,that number is so out of wack,i personally know many infantry guys,i know of 1 suicide,and out of the last 8 years of the war

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    • @diablokid I was in for 8 years, and have 100s of friends who are still in, and can only recall one actual suicide among all the guys who were actually in combat. I'm not saying the scars aren't there, or that the suicides aren't happening, but misinformation helps no one

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  • BIG FAIL ON THE DESCRIPTION!!, so this one guy who is a war veteran commits suicide every 80 mins? aint he tired of it yet? hahahahahahaha, one tuff dude!! usually happens only once, this guy goes every 80 mins!

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  • 1) This is NOT DATELINE, far shittier wannabe version of Dateline more like it

    2) The number is not accurate...... obviously. Every 80 minutes would be a huge issue, but notice nobody talks about that or spreads the fake number because its so obviously not true. That would be roughly 6500 troops killing themselves every year.... yea... bullshit. This was the one story about the crazy army kid..... its a one in a million story!

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  • Fighting the zionists' wars can be brutal mentally.

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