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Veteran Chronicles, Chapter 222
4/18/2011 3:29:21 AM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Yet Another Hero Commits Suicide

Our nation should be in mourning for every one of them, yet very few of us even seem to notice them, or their dire plight.  Yet another young war hero has recently taken his own life.

Clay Warren Hunt, a veteran of combat in both Iraq and Afghanistan, recently died from his self-inflicted wounds, at the ripe old age of 28.

Hunt was a Marine, a War Hero, and a Humanitarian. He was wounded in Iraq, and after recovering from his wounds, he served as a scout-sniper in Afghanistan. He didnít have to do that; he chose to go back, because he thought it was the right thing to do.

Heroes routinely do so many things that the rest of us wonít even consider doing; yet, we as a nation have a horrendous history of ignoring them.

U.S. Marine Clay Warren Hunt Ė a true American Hero, and so outgoing that he was chosen to do a Public Service Announcement, to remind all of our veterans that they are not alone, no matter how bad it gets.  But they obviously are, so very alone.

Hunt also lobbied for veteranís rights on Capitol Hill ; he rode his bicycle on road trips with Americaís wounded veterans; and he did humanitarian work in both Haiti and Chile.

Clay Warren Hunt was literally the face of todayís tragic fight against Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, the soldierís dreaded PTSD.

But two weeks ago, Clay Warren Hunt bolted himself into his apartment, and he killed himself.

What good is a chest full of medals, when you have a head full of nightmares, and a country that so callously, and so routinely, ignores your plight?

The statistics are now staggering, and they will continue to rise, if we do not STAND UP for our men and women in uniform.

According to The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Foundation:

On average, FIVE active-duty troops now attempt suicide, EACH DAY.

And, one in five returning troops are now being diagnosed with serious Post-Traumatic Stress symptoms; less than 40 percent of them will seek help.

In 2009, a record breaking year for suicides in the U.S. military, 245 soldiers killed themselves; 1,100 troops have taken their own lives, since 2006.

For troops suffering from combat trauma, two out of three of their marriages are now failing; 200,000 military marriages have been broken, with more than 27,000 in 2009 alone.

Veteran Unemployment is now three times the national average Ė we wonít even give them a job, when they do return from fighting our wars.

And, Veteran Homelessness is dreadfully once again on the rise, with 1/3 of our nationís homeless now being veterans.

And our endless wars drag on and on, and we so very shamefully continue to ignore our nationís valiant heroes.

 

 

 



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