Suicide Rampant Among US Army Veterans
An investigation by American television network CBS has revealed that in the year 2005 at least 6,256 American war veterans committed suicide. That is an average of 17 a day, or 120 a week. For the record, it is also more than the number of American soldiers killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
This speaks volumes about the nature of the "war on terror" and the debilitating affect it has on those who are involved. The article adds that the Department of Veterans Affairs spends 3 billion dollars a year on mental health services. However, this does not get to the root of the issue; war itself. For as long as soldiers are sent to die for their wealthy masters, those who return home will face mental and physical hardships.
The fact still remains, as it has done for centuries, that wars are fought by the working-class of the world for the benefit of the ruling class. Under a hierarchical system such as capitalism there will continue to be wars as long as it is in the interests of those who rule over us. The current wars in the Middle East are no exception, as poor and working-class soldiers fight and die for the economic gains of their leaders.
Sometimes, the trauma of combat compels these men and women to take their own lives. No amount of funding for mental-health treatments can stop this tragedy if wars continue to be fought for the advancement of power and profit.