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  •  They aren't all from these two wars (6+ / 0-)

    I believe with Nam it took until the early 80s (almost ten years) for the suicides of returned vets to pass the number of fatalities.

    •  55,000 suicides from returned Vietnam vets? (1+ / 0-)
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      I never heard that stat before, but I guess it's possible.

      "Change doesn't happen from the top down,
      it happens from the bottom up." Barack Obama

      by shpilk on Mon May 05, 2008 at 09:22:23 PM PDT

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      •  estimates range from (2+ / 0-)
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        Creosote, statistic

        20,000 (official) up to 200,000.  This isn't a story many people want to know about and not a story the purveyors of wars want known.  The VA doesn't keep statistics on vets who aren't involved with them.  The defense department doesn't keep track of what happens to soldiers after they're discharged so it seems logical that the 20,000 number is the minimum.

        The 58,000+ number was all over the street in the early eighties (where enormous numbers of veterans were living --many of whom had been kicked out of VA hospitals by Ronald Reagan's budget cuts) and was even reported on TV shows (Quincy for one).  Never made the "real" news of course.  Apologists for the government have called it an urban myth.

        Personally, I believe it.  I knew a few who went that way (and a few more who came very close).

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