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Being a soldier is not your typical, everyday type of job. Most times you end up sacrificing yourself, your family time and leaving your country behind to go and fight a war for the sake and love of your own country. Voluntarily, of course.
And incidents occur while one is out there battling the enemy. For instance, one might get injured to the point where he/she might need major surgery, or he/she might lose a limb or two and when this happens, the soldier is usually sent back home to recuperate at one of the many VA hospitals around the US.
This is usually a depressing time for the soldier as he/she knows that neither his/her body nor life will ever be the same. At times, the soldier with the life altering injury may become so depressed that thoughts of suicide enters his/her mind. And when former soldiers or Veterans contemplate suicide, it is something most of the public is not aware of.
Not until recently when it was found out from various news sources that, Mental Health Officer from the Department of Veteransí Affairs, Dr. Ira Katz, tried to cover up such attempts some veterans made on their lives.
And this contributor always thought that the Veterans Affairs personnel were there to help soldiers or former soldiers deal with their suffering in their time of depression. As opposed to pushing the suicide attempt issue aside and hope it wonít happen again, and not informing the public about what is really taking place with some of the soldiers who are battling depression and attempting suicide.
By the way, Dr. Katz has since resigned his position from the Department of Veteransí Affairs.
Peace and unity begin with all of us- Judy Ramsook