I promise later today to do a fluffier piece, but this is important!
This Veteran's Day, let us not only remember all those that physically died or became wounded in war, but also all those who suffer from horrible mental illness.
(picture from the blog, SteveAudio, portraying a soldier suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Almost one in three veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq confront mental health problems.
On an average day in this country, suicide claims another 18 veterans.
Approximately 30 percent of veterans treated in the veterans health system suffer from depressive symptoms, two to three times the rate of the general population.
More Vietnam veterans have now died from suicide than were killed directly during the war.
Approximately 40 percent of homeless veterans have mental illnesses.
I really appreciate how you call attention to not just the physical heroic acts that the Veterans went through, but the emotional turmoils as well...War is not just a violent act on the body, but in the spirit and mind.