Whenever the left appears to care, watch out for your pocket-book or worse. Now they are working the soldier/vet/suicide/ptsd pity party.
A long time ago BG Burkett, former Army Lieutenant in Viet Nam started doing some research on the claims of the media and some citizens about the terrible harm of Viet Nam combat on soldiers, how they were lost souls. BG was no lost soul and because of his research and his book Stolen Valor exposed hacks in the media like Dan Rather, but also phony claims of PTSD and war related psych problems–what he found was that most the whiners wearing army fatigues and claiming victim status never saw combat, some never wore a uniform issued to a real warrior, they got their ribbons and fatigues from the army navy stor or Goodwill.
So now the UK rag the Guardian pacifist as only the Brit left can be, is stirring up the same old stuff and of course politicians rush to the microphone to announce their concern about soldiers and vets and such.
Tim Worstall at the Forbes web site looks at the numbers and shows below that there is no epidemic of vet suicides. It’s nonsense.
Older men are the most successful at committing suicide, but the rate of suicide is no greater in Vets, when matched with the regular population, they just “benefit” from pacifist chattering class people who pity them and want to portray them as sick and inadequate, unbalanced.
BG Burkett has devoted a good deal of effort and time to show that is just misplaced or mendacious “concern” that is really anti military animus. These pity party creeps hate soldiers, sailors airmen and marines and would put a big K on their forehead if they could, for “killer” WHERE I WOULD PUT C H AND P FOR CITIZEN HERO PROTECTOR.
As I remind the physician soldiers I teach–when they volunteered to put on the uniform and dedicate their life to the health of their comrades and others as well as support the mission in the field, they are emblematic of the sacrifice and virtue of warriors and physicians, exemplary, and I am proud to be their colleague and friend.
It’s a shame that vet and armed service advocates don’t even know how to argue for the welfare of the people they advocate for, instead they want to encourage people to brand them sick and stigmatize them. It’s a poorly disguised sense of superiority that these “advocates” have pity is not a sign of respect, it’s a sign of arrogance.
One part of this dynamic is that the DOD leadership would love to play this up even though it denigrates the status of vets and their sacrifice and service, because it means the politicians will pump funding for these programs that feed off the hype and the claims.
The media and politicians do the wrong things for the wrong reasons on these vet issues. And they do not respect people who have served–pity is not respect.