TUCSON, Ariz. -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the military continues to struggle with high suicide rates, and returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans need more help from local communities in getting over the stress of deployments.
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen says hundreds of thousands of returning vets have at least some level of post-traumatic stress. He said during a speech Friday in Tucson, Ariz., that the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are working to help them but that local communities are even more important to their recovery.
Mullen says communities need to reach out to service members as they return into civilian life after years of deployments overseas.
I'm still waiting for the superpatriots at the gas station to offer a basement apartment to some veteran with scrambled eggs for a brain, some veteran who can't hold a job now that his mind has been ruined while all these idiots stand around and crow about how they're supportin' the troops and defennin' freedom all day long.
Americans are in no way free, honorable, or brave.
America is vaporware, and the biggest mistake these veterans ever made was in thinking there was anything to defend.
I have traveled the world and experienced various cultures. I have NEVER known a greater disparity between the blurb in the press kit and reality than I have with Americans. It's almost like someone made a typesetting mistake. The advertising in no way describes the product.