'While they never met, they had some things in common. Both were Army captains, engaged in important work for the nation, their costly educations paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Ian Morrison, 26, returned to Fort Hood, Texas, last December after nine months flying 70 combat missions over Iraq. Dr. Michael McCaddon, 37, was an ob-gyn resident at Hawaii’s Tripler Army Medical Center. The pilot and the doctor shared one other thing: they found themselves in a darkening, soul-sucking funnel
that has trapped some 2,500 military personnel since 9/11. Like them, each died, at his own hand, on March 21, nearly 4,000 miles apart.''As of 3 June,
2012 active-duty suicides reached 154, compared with 130 in the same period last year, the Pentagon confirmed to the BBC.' 'Suicides Outpacing War Deaths for Troops.'
Suicide in the US military has been growing for years - CBS
(Youtube) did a report in 2007. There are two parts. Anthony Swofford(previously
) characterizes them as an 'epidemic'
One reason for veteran suicides (and crimes, which get far more attention) may be post-traumatic stress disorder, along with a related condition, traumatic brain injury. Ryan suffered a concussion in an explosion in Iraq, and Michael finally had traumatic brain injury diagnosed two months ago.
Death isn't the only thing that follows them: 'It would be so much easier, Maj. Ben Richards says, if he had just lost a leg in Iraq'
'Beyond the Battlefield: From a Decade of War, an Endless Struggle
for the Severely Wounded.' 'Mad, Bad, Sad
: What Really Happens to US Soldiers.' IED blasts
are blamed for the increase in PTSD
and TBI (traumatic brain injury), a contributing factor, while military culture
can prevent people from seeking help.
Is PTSD A Product of War, or Of Our Times?
Attempts to identify
people susceptible to PTSD are underway, while new treatments become available
. The government needs to do a better job
of assessing and reviewing PTSD treatment. This is made more difficult with the counter-intuitive warning signs of suicide.
on Metafilter: The Downward Spiral