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18 Vets Kill Themselves a Day: We Hail Them As Heroes Then Treat Them Like Garbage

The month of July set a record high for the number of suicides in the U.S. military.

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AARON GLANTZ: We’ve been at war for 10 years. We have 2.5 million Americans who have served in these wars. About a million of them are still in the military, and a million and a half of them are out of the military and are now veterans. We have 18 veterans who commit suicide every day in this country. We haven’t asked people to go through war in this kind of way, you know, probably since World War II. In Vietnam, people served one tour, and then they came home. We had a draft. Now we ask people to go again and again. And so, you have a million people who have been through the wars who are still in the military. You have 90,000 people who are still in Afghanistan fighting this war. It’s not surprising that the suicides would be higher than the battlefield deaths at this point.

AMY GOODMAN: That’s journalist Aaron Glantz. And I want to thank you, Marguerite Guzmán Bouvard, author of a number of books, including, the most recent,  The Invisible Wounds of War: Coming Home from Iraq and Afghanistan. She’s a resident scholar at Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.

Amy Goodman is the host of Democracy Now!, a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 1,000 stations in North America. She is the co-author of “The Silenced Majority,” a New York Times best-seller.

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