Aside from the taxes we pay, the American public is mostly untouched by the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, etc., etc. Why? Because an all-volunteer military ensures this is the case. But the suicide rate among military veterans is alarming, the highest ever recorded according to the Pentagon, far exceeding death in combat.
In 2013, an active-duty suicide occurs every hour, which if continues, will far exceed the 350 suicides in 2012, and according to the NY Times, the suicide rate in the military may be under reported. What's more is that, supposedly, prior to 2012, 52% of the military suicides never even saw combat. Since 2012, the suicide rate is higher amongst deployed troops. So what's going on here?
A suicide note left by Iraq war veteran Daniel Somers and released to the public by his family may offer some insight.
“The simple truth is this: During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe. War crimes, crimes against humanity. Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from. I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind. These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.” -- Daniel SomersFrom this soldier's testimony, amongst an ocean of testimony, many of our young men and women are repeatedly being exposed to atrocities--that the 24/7 "official news" machine will never mention--of such magnitude it's almost impossible to recover. Then, after veterans return home, they must deal with the Veterans Administration, a bureaucratic nightmare in and of itself. Up to 70% of all veterans do not get the compensation/treatment promised, or that they are legally entitled. Why? The system is obviously designed to create huge barriers. Even good people who work for the VA find it hard to do their job.
One could say, 'well, it's all volunteer...no one forced them into it.' That's true, except for the deceptive process of military recruiting, not to mention, recruiters targets those--mostly underprivileged--who are not even old enough to drink, and not too long ago, vote. Aside from the lack of life experience, their brains, not even fully developed, have been warped, brainwashed and desensitized through violent movies, video games (Call of Duty, etc.), and a dumbed down education.
Young people are lied to, tricked into defending a false premise. They are told they are fighting for our freedom, told they will be taken care of, told their lives will be better for serving, etc., etc,. However...
they're not told that enlisted men are fair game for just about any kind of experimentation from drugs to vaccines to mind control. (Over the years, hundreds of thousands of military personnel have been involved in human experimentation and other intentional exposures conducted by the Department of Defense (DOD), often without a service member's knowledge or consent. OR, in some cases, soldiers who consented to serve as human subjects found themselves participating in experiments quite different from those described at the time they volunteered.)
they're not told that, if deployed, they will more than likely be chemically poisoned--Depleted Uranium, anyone?-- and that the chances of having deformed children are much higher than the general population.
they're not told that once they return to civilian life, no one will want to hire you. That the Department of Homeland Security will put you on a terrorist list.
they're not told that the U.S. arms both sides of the conflict, and will use their blood and the blood of innocents to fertilize the battlefield in order that warfare continues in perpetuity...that the U.S. has a vested interest in keeping the war machine alive and humming.
they're not told that half of the U.S. "troops" are, in fact, not troops at all, but mercenaries, paid twice as much as they are with accountability to no one.
they are not told that war is a racket...that what they're really fighting for is to profit the elite few, who hide the truth and true motivations for these wars.
Having said that, these wealthy and powerful few would have no power if not for the well-meaning, conditioned and obedient masses. They're not going to change, so......
A murder-suicide and the dark side of military recruiting
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