Tuesday, June 9, 2015

LA Times reports: Suicide rate of female military veterans is called 'staggering'

New government research shows that female military veterans commit suicide at nearly six times the rate of other women, a startling finding that experts say poses disturbing questions about the backgrounds and experiences of women who serve in the armed forces.

Their suicide rate is so high that it approaches that of male veterans, a finding that surprised researchers because men generally are far more likely than women to commit suicide.

"It's staggering," said Dr. Matthew Miller, an epidemiologist and suicide expert at Northeastern University who was not involved in the research. "We have to come to grips with why the rates are so obscenely high."

Full article:  http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-female-veteran-suicide-20150608-story.html#page=1

Whenever I read articles like this, it saddens me to see how more and more veterans are giving up while coping with PTSD.  My heart goes out to their love ones who are left to beg the question, WHY?!!!

While penning my memoir, I began sharing details of my traumatic experience on social media.  I even set up a blog and website, encouraging veterans to reach out to me, to make sure they didn’t suffer the same fate as thousands of other veterans who have returned home from the never-ending war in the Middle East, sharing horrific tales of lies, deceit, abuse, corruption, sexual assault, rape and even death. 

Yet, one MAJOR factor the Pentagon will continue to ignore (conceal) is “pill addiction" and the over medicating of our veterans.  The side effects alone can be fatal. 

Recently I watched a documentary of an ex-pharmaceutical “drug pusher”, which is how she describes herself, providing insight into how BIG Pharma is indeed BIG BUSINESS

In a speech during his first term, President Obama identified “Wall-Street, the Military and Big Pharma” as the “3-Axis of Evil, yet he “Bails them out?!!”  SHM!!!

By the Grace of God, I was able to survive military workplace abuse, sexual/racial discrimination and retaliation.  One major mile-stone along my recovery was publishing my memoir.  Since doing so, I’ve found peace and discovered the light in my darkness. Yet, I wanted to make sure the world knew what I went through and to encourage other veterans to seek help and “Other” forms of rehabilitation therapy, like art, spiritual retreats, group counseling, etc.  Or even journaling or blogging. 

As my grandmother constantly reminds me, “Grief and trauma is like a cancer, if you don’t get it out of your system, the darkness will consume you and will ultimately kill you.” 

Our veterans need help!!!!!  No amount of pills can help us recover from the atrocities of war or workplace abuse, but a Human Rights bill can help save another veteran from meeting the same fate!!

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