Tuesday, April 22, 2008

VA Confirms 18 Vets Commit Suicide Everyday

Headlined on 4/21/08:

VA Confirms 18 Vets Commit Suicide Everyday!!!

by Jason Leopold Page 1 of 3 page(s)

In a stunning admission, top officials at the Veterans
Health Administration confirmed that the agency\'s
own statistics show that an average of 126
veterans per week -6,552 veterans per
year-commit suicide, according to an internal
email distributed to several VA officials.'dated
Dec. 15, 2007.

Brig. Gen. Michael J. Kussman, the undersecretary for
health at the VA, sent the email inquiry about the accuracy
of a news report published that month claiming the suicide
rate among veterans was 18 per day.

“McClatchy [Newspapers] alleges that 18 veterans kill
themselves everyday and this is confirmed by the VA’s
own statistics,” Kussman wrote.

“Is that true? Sounds awful if one is considering 24 million veterans.”

In a stunning admission, top officials at the Veterans
Health Administration confirmed that the agency’s own
statistics show that an average of 126 veterans per week
6,552 veterans per year—commit suicide, according to
an internal email distributed to several VA officials.

In an email response to Kussman, Ira Katz, the head of
mental health at the VA, confirmed the statistics and added
the “VA’s own data demonstrate 4-5 suicides per
day among those who receive care from us.”

This week, in a federal courthouse in San Francisco, that
email will be cited as evidence that the VA has failed to
properly treat veterans who suffer from PTSD and
veterans who are suicidal.

Those allegations were made in a class-action lawsuit filed
against the VA by two veterans advocacy groups, 'Veterans
for Common Sense' and 'Veterans United for Truth', alleging
a systematic breakdown at the VA has led to an "epidemic
of suicides."

The organizations claim the VA, which has a backlog of 600,000
benefits claims to sort through, is unprepared to deal with
cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among veterans
returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and has turned away
veterans who have sought help for depression at
VA hospitals.

Some of those veterans later committed suicide, according
to the lawsuit. The groups want a federal judge to issue a
preliminary injunction to force the VA to immediately treat
veterans who show signs of PTSD and are at risk of suicide. ://

Our question is: How Many of Those 18 are OEF/OIF Veterans?

Then What is the REAL Death Toll?
The VA has set up a 24-hour suicide hotline for
around-the-clock access to mental health professionals.
The number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
To learn more about PTSD-- visit the
National Center for PTSD website.
I Can Still Hear Thier Cries, Even In My Sleep...A Journey Into PTSD!

Friday, April 11, 2008

"My LIES Are Only This Big !"

"It Was Just a little Mis-Statement!!!"


Associated Press
Apr 11, 5:49 PM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Clinton has added to
the falsehoods surrounding his wife's tale of her trip to Bosnia.
In Indiana on Thursday, Bill Clinton defended his wife's mistake
in claiming that she landed under sniper fire in Bosnia,
accusing the media of treating her like "she'd robbed a bank"
for confusing the facts.

The New York senator had repeatedly described a harrowing
scene in Tuzla, Bosnia, in which she and her daughter, Chelsea, had
to run for cover from sniper fire as soon as they landed for a visit
in 1996. Video footage of the day instead showed a peaceful
reception in which an 8-year-old girl greeted the first lady.

Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that she got the facts wrong in
retelling the tale. Bill Clinton's inaccuracies don't involve long-ago
memories, but misstatements about how his wife has handled the

"A lot of the way this whole campaign has been covered has
amused me," Bill Clinton said in Boonville, Ind. "But there was a
lot of fulminating because Hillary, one time late at night when she
was exhausted, misstated and immediately apologized for it, what
happened to her in Bosnia in 1995.

"Did y'all see all that? Oh, they blew it up," the former president
continued. "Let me just tell you. The president of Bosnia and
Gen. Wesley Clark - who was there making peace where we'd lost
three peacekeepers who had to ride on a dangerous mountain road
because it was too dangerous to go the regular, safe way - both
defended her because they pointed out that when her plane landed
in Bosnia, she had to go up to the bulletproof part of the plane, in the

Everybody else had to put their flak jackets underneath the seat in
case they got shot at. And everywhere they went they were
covered by Apache helicopters. So they just abbreviated the arrival

"Now I say that because what really has mattered is that even then
she was interested in our troops," he said. "And I think she was the
first first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt to go into a combat
zone. And you would of thought, you know, that she'd robbed a bank
the way they all carried on about this. And some of them when they're
60 they'll forget something when they're tired at 11 o'clock at night, too."

Bill Clinton has many of the facts wrong.
His wife didn't make the sniper fire claim "one time late at night when
she was exhausted." She actually told the story several times,
including during prepared remarks on foreign policy delivered the
morning of March 17.

It's also not true that she "immediately apologized for it." Clinton
has never apologized for the comments and only acknowledged
that she "misspoke" a week after the March 17 speech when video
of her peaceful tarmac reception emerged.

It's also not true that she was the "first first lady since Eleanor
Roosevelt to go into a combat zone" - a claim that Hillary Clinton
has also made when talking about the trip. Pat Nixon traveled to
Saigon during the Vietnam War and Barbara Bush went to
Saudi Arabia two months before the launching of Desert Storm.

Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer responded to the former
president's remarks Friday by saying, "Senator Clinton appreciates
her husband standing up for her, but this was her mistake and she
takes responsibility for it."
Most VETERANS are appalled at this Blatant Two Faced
MISSTATEMENT By a potential Commander-In Chief.
It is Disrespectful to those who were there as well All of The
American Public.
The Video's clearly show women and children calmly waiting for
her to deplane for the "ceremony", while clusters of Armed
Military Personnel behind those civilians.
Why Doesn't She Just Admit That She LIED???

Special thanks to Sgt TerryHunt7USMC@aol.com

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Google News Alert for: POST WAR SUICIDE

America's Soldiers Need Support on the War FrontNatural News.com -
Phoenix, AZ, USAOver 27% of soldiers on their 3rd or 4th tours were
suffering anxiety, depression, post-combat stress, or other
difficulties. Compare this percentage with ...See all stories on this topic

Army Under Stress From Long WarsThe Associated Press - The Defense
Department has asked for $46.5 billion in this year's war budget to repair
and replace equipment damaged or destroyed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
...See all stories on this topic

Helping Veterans Suffering from PTSDBy Tom Allen 2008 The bill
will improve diagnosis, compensation, and treatment for veterans
suffering from PTSD. By requiring that Veterans Administration
employees take sufficient time to diagnose and accurately rate the
severity of the disorder, ...- http://www.turnmaineblue.com

Deployed for Third Time with Both PTSD and TBI, A Fort Carson ...By contact@veteransforcommonsense.org (Erin Emery )
Army Staff Sergeant Chad Barrett had been sent from Fort Carson on
a third tour of duty in Iraq despite a brain injury and stress disorder.
Veterans for Common Sense - http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org

PTSD Compromises Battered Women's Future SafetyBy Perez, S., Johnson,
D. M. Using the Chicago Women's Health Risk Study, a naturalistic
longitudinal study of 320 abused women, the current study examined the
impact of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression on battered
women's safety at follow-up.
...Journal of Interpersonal Violence... - http://jiv.sagepub.com

Do You Sleep With Alot of Covers?By linasmom Curious - does anyone
else sleep with tons of covers on their bed no matter the temperature
outside? I have a theory that I love tons of covers because they allow me
to feel like a little child wrapped tightly in a blanket,
...PTSD Forum - http://www.ptsdforum.org

A FORT CARSON ...Shelby Barrett said that an agent with the
Army's Criminal Investigation Division told her that two empty prescription-
pill bottles were found next to her husband's body Feb. 2 in Mosul.
Barrett said investigators also found a letter in
...0DayNews.org - Breaking News Headlines - http://0daynews.org/

An Old Man With PTSDBy Gaius Sempronius Gracchus, Last night on
Race for the White House (or whatever it’s called) at the very end a
black woman journalist I’ve never seen before speculated McCain is
hiding his medical records because he has PTSD from his days being
tortured in Vietnam.
...Undemocracy in America - http://undemocracy.blogspot.com/