More than study needed to aid servicemen, servicewomen
The Kansas City Star
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered all branches of the military to thoroughly pour over the mental health issues of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen.
Panetta’s order follows reports of suicides this year of U.S. military personnel exceeding combat deaths, according to Pentagon data obtained by The Associated Press. There were 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of this year, which was about 50 percent more than U.S. forces killed in action in Afghanistan.
The number spiked compared with 2010 and 2011 when suicides in the military had started to level off.
Panetta’s order is to look at the invisible wounds such as post traumatic stress disorder the injured brain syndrome of service personnel from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The increasing number of combat tours are a likely culprit. Heavy armor that troops wear has saved them from physical injuries and death, which had occurred in other wars, but soldiers have suffered brain injuries from the force of explosions.
This country has a moral obligation to do everything possible for the servicemen and servicewomen who have made tremendous sacrifices for this nation.