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''Heroism is latent in every human soul - However humble or unknown, they (the veterans) have renounced what are accounted pleasures and cheerfully undertaken all the self-denials - privations, toils, dangers, sufferings, sicknesses, mutilations, life.''
Every day, 18 people who have worked hard to protect the United States in war commit suicide. Over the course of a year, this number totals more than 6,000. Why? The reason for veterans' suicide include stress, guilt, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, alienation, and so much more. Efforts are being made to expel this issue as much as possible, including special training to educate soldiers about the warning signs of potential suicide victims and therapy/medication, but it is not enough. The number of veterans who commit suicide as a result of war is increasing at an alarming rate. To help prevent this issue from continuing to rise, more must be done. Education is the best way to resolve this issue. If more soldiers are taught about the warning signs of suicide, how to deal with stress and anxiety properly, and how to prevent suicidal tendencies, the number of veterans committing suicide would stop increasing. There are establishments that offer individual and group therapy, family counseling, and more, but over half of the veterans at risk for suicide do not seek help.
During the Vietnam War, the number of veterans' suicide greatly exceeded the number of deaths from the actual war itself.
Veterans' suicide can be caused by anything from substance abuse to survivor's guilt to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Veterans' suicide can occur in any age group, although it is more common in soldiers ages 18-26 and 65+. There are veterans from various wars (World War II to the Modern Gulf War) being treated for suicidal tendencies