About 20 veterans a day commit suicide, per the Veterans Administration: "In 2014, the latest year available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18% of all suicides in America. Veterans make up less than 9% of the U.S. population."By my envelope-back calculation, that means a veteran is twice as likely to commit suicide as a non-veteran. Many get what in the Foreign Legion is called le cafard. Watching friends die, and dealing death yourself ... these things put the mind at risk.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Not All Battle Scars Are Visible
Mike Allen writes at Axios about Memorial Day and about veterans' lives, which are often difficult.