Friday, May 10, 2013

Families: Government needs to do more after military suicides

That Government are the people served, the flag wavers calling themselves 'patriotic', those demanding of the military and their families then ignoring as the survivors of those demands return as veterans', and even before that!

"If military action is worth our troops’ blood, it should be worth our treasure, too — not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

'Suicide Survivors' Say Government Needs to Do More
May 10, 2013 - At the national headquarters for the Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) in Washington, D.C., a plaque reads, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan" - President Lincoln.

But some of those left behind say that support isn't there.

Kim Ruocco said whenever her husband, Jon, came home from work, he would “grab the kids” and flex his arms so “they’d hang off his arms. And he'd grab me in the kitchen and he'd dance. He was just lovable."

Jon Ruocco flew helicopters for the Marine Corps for 15 years.

But three months after his final deployment, he killed himself after a struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. read more>>>

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"We are dealing with veterans, not procedure; with their problems, not ours." General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

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“Why in 2009 were we still using paper?” VA Assistant Secretary Tommy Sowers “When we came in, there was no plan to change that; we’ve been operating on a six month wait for over a decade.” 27 March 2013

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