So, this morning on National Public Radio (NPR) I heard, yet again, that the number of suicides by veterans and active duty military in 2012 exceeded the number of deaths in combat.
Sometimes when we hear statistics we don’t really hear them. They go in one ear and out the other. I remember when I heard, during the presidential primary races of 2008, that HIV/AIDS was the leading cause of death among African-American women in their 20s, I was stunned. I thought to myself, “That’s an epidemic – we should have that statistic on every billboard and every TV screen across the country.” Well, every time I hear the statistic about suicide and our armed forces, I have that same thought. That’s an epidemic. Everyone should know this – we should be shouting it from the rooftops. We have to do something about it.
Here’s another statistic to blow your socks off: More than 1,100 members of the armed forces died by suicide from 2005 to 2009 – an average of 1 suicide by a member of the armed …