…and the Army plans to put new training measures in place to identify and prevent more. The National Institute of Mental Health will provide strategies and suggestions on how the suicide rate can be lowered.
What a sad situation.
Frankly, if a soldier does not want to go fight or does not want to go back to fight then they should have the option to be placed in another area of service. Now I’m not for the fighting at all as most of what we send our men and women off to fight for is wars for political reasons – not wars where we are truly defending our country. And deploying soldiers to a battlefield multiple times is a crime and I can understand why they get to the end of their rope, so to speak.
Anyway, identifying those at risk of suicide is fairly easy as it would be those who do not want to fight or continue to fight, regardless of the cause. In those cases, since they volunteered to serve in the armed forces and so must serve their time, they should be given other duties to perform.
I know our soldiers are just numbers to the “powers that be” but to the rest of us they are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and friends. And with this in mind, if they do not want to fight, please do not make them. Battle is much different that what can be trained and anticipated and some people cannot adjust. I hope the Army and NIMH truly bears this in mind as they strategize on how to lower the suicide rate.