Discouraging Report on Young Veterans
More discouraging news for our nation's veterans. A new report indicates the number of suicides has risen significantly.
The report, by the Department of Veteran Affairs, shows a 44% increase in the number who've taken their lives from 2009 to 2011. Younger military soldiers--those between the ages of 18 and 29--were hit hardest by the jump.
Dr. Jan Kemp says the increase could be due to younger veterans seeking treatment for their physical wounds but ignoring their emotional ones. Many soldiers who've returned from war suffer from Post Traumatic Distress Syndrome that leads to depression and the collapse of the family unit. Kemp says more needs to be done to assist these soldiers by letting them know of the resources available to them.