Tuesday, November 13, 2007

More "Thanks" to Vets From Bush & Co.

From CBS, a look at suicides among vets. Their report looked at data that found "veterans were more than twice as likely to commit suicide in 2005 as non-vets. A recent Veteran Affairs Department estimate says some 5,000 ex-servicemen and women will commit suicide this year, largely as a result of mental health issues, and Keteyian says, 'Our numbers are much higher than that, overall.'"

A Wall Street Journal report takes a far more positive note. Sure the troubled soldiers are out there, but they're getting help. "Of the 88,235 soldiers studied, one in five on active duty and nearly half of reserves were referred to mental health treatment at one of the two time points. . . . Last month, the hotline received over 1500 calls from or about veterans and over 40 calls from active duty military personnel, which led to almost 300 referrals to the suicide prevention coordinators at VA hospitals and 70 rescues, according to Ira Katz, head of mental health in the VA Central Office."

Why is it I have a feeling that the CBS report has examined the issue more closely than the WSJ reporter?


Blogger buckarooskidoo said...

I think the wsj also curiously failed to cover the Judith Regan-Kerik kerfuffle, i.e. allegations that she was pressured into staying silent about her affair with kerik out of concern that it would harm Rudy G's presidential campaign. I guess all wsj reporters are busy working elsewhere...they're on the scene there in the Apple, but, like, you can cover just so many things, right? right?!

1:37 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

I'm sure that Bush and the GOP see it increased suicides as a plus. The more that kill themselves, the less they have to pay in benefits.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Mr. Natural said...

Trouble IS, it fucks with their "healthcare for profit" bullshit that they are pulling on the vets. The more noise made about the shitty way vets are being treated by this criminal gang and their appointees the more bizarre their behaviour! I am hoping the press corps starts pissing fly-lie-boy off...cheap entertainment!

7:03 PM  

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