Why do so Many Veterans Kill Themselves?

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  Truth and healing: Kathleen Rosenblatt and Allen Roland heal vets’ PTSD, push for 9/11 truth

 

Why are so many doing this? What is wrong?

   … by  Dr. Kevin Barrett

 
Earlier this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs reported that the suicide rate for veterans has jumped from 18 to 22 a day. That means that almost every hour, on average, a veteran kills him- or herself.  It all adds up to more than 8,000 veteran suicides per year.
Shockingly, the number of veterans who die by their own hands each year is greater than the total (official) number of all US war deaths in more than a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The DVA has also reported that almost one in three veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars treated at VA hospitals and clinics has been diagnosed with PTSD. The report was “released” with no fanfare, no press release – just an obscure web posting. Obviously the government wants to downplay the problem. Presumably, that means the nearly-one-in-three figure is a low-end estimate.
Why the epidemic of PTSD and veteran suicide?

In the past, PTSD was seen as a result of “trauma/fear overload” in combat. But now, research suggests that guilt is a key factor. According to a Marine Corps study, PTSD was found to be “more closely linked to an inner conflict rather than threats to their lives, the sight of bodies or blood or family problems.”

Normal human beings – the 98% who aren’t psychopaths – have an instinctive revulsion against killing other human beings. Participating in killing is a terrible burden for any psyche to bear. And when that killing is not done in a justifiable cause – clear and obvious self-defense – it becomes even more damaging to the souls of the killers.
Normal, healthy soldiers, even in relatively justifiable wars, would rather risk their lives and reputations than kill an enemy. SLA Marshall’s research showed that during World War II, the vast majority of soldiers refused to even try to kill the enemy. And battlefield research showed this was true of previous wars as well.

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The hidden casualties – the new form of walking wounded

As Lt. Col. Dave Grossman put it in his book On Killing: “Throughout history the majority of men on the battlefield would not attempt to kill the enemy, even to save their own lives.”
To solve that problem, the US military developed intensive pavlovian conditioning techniques that are still a key part of basic training.
By overcoming the instinctive aversion to killing, these mind-control techniques raised the shoot-to-kill rate to over 50% in the Korean War, and over 90% in the Vietnam War and thereafter.
But by turning the non-psychopathic majority of US troops into willing-and-able killers, they created a terrible new problem: The epidemic of PTSD that has been sweeping over American combat veterans since the Vietnam years.
Exacerbating the PTSD is the fact that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, like the Vietnam war, are unjustifiable wars of aggression. These wars are based on lies. At some level, everyone – even the most gung-ho patriot – knows this deep in their bones.

Healing PTSD involves dealing with the inner wounds of each individual soldier. But on a larger scale, it involves exposing the lies that sold the wars…and getting some justice.

We won’t be able to fully purge the guilt, and heal the PTSD, until we face the truth – and pin the guilt where it really belongs: On the criminals who lied us into war. Our national case of PTSD (more than half of Americans suffered clinical PTSD from watching the TV images on 9/11, according to Dr. Martha Stout) won’t be fully curable until those war criminals are swinging from ropes and twisting slowly in the breeze.

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Musician Graham Nash of Veterans for Peace has endorsed Kathleen’s work – and 9/11 truth.

Two notably successful healers of veterans with PTSD – Dr. Kathleen Rosenblatt and Dr. Allen Roland – combine their healing practice with 9/11 truth activism.
At first glance, this may seem odd. The mainstream media war criminals would be horrified to imagine veterans seeking PTSD treatment from 9/11 truthers.
But if you think about it for a moment, it starts to make sense. Rosenblatt and Roland are not just healing vets with PTSD. They are also working on healing the wounded psyche of the American nation, by operating on the festering wound of the 9/11 inside job.
Kathleen Rosenblatt, who will appear on my radio show today, uses acupuncture and audio-assisted meditation to heal the wounded psyches of PTSD-afflicted vets. (Listen to a sample meditation CD here.)
Kathleen is the co-founder of the first acupuncture clinic in the US – and the founder of LA 9/11 Truth. She has been focusing on healing PTSD-afflicted veterans through acupuncture and audio-CD-supported meditation.
Dr. Rosenblatt has also contributed to efforts to bring the real perpetrators of 9/11 to justice via people’s grand juries, and is a member of Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth.
She has  also worked to gain celebrity endorsements of 9/11 truth – such as those listed at Actors and Artists for 9/11 Truth.
Dr. Allen Roland is well-known to readers of Veterans Today. A prolific writer and TV commentator, Dr. Roland also has had stunning success healing just about every PTSD victim he treats. His method is disarmingly simple: He helps his PTSD patients bring their hearts back to life.





Allen is also one of our most eloquent voices of 9/11 truth. Here is one of his classic 9/11 essays: Falling Man of 9/11 Cries Out for Truth and Justice.

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Summing up his take on PTSD, Allen Roland says it better than I can:

Allen Roland’s article on the falling man of 9/11 is a heartfelt plea for healing through truth.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape.
People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person’s daily life.
But, I would argue, people can suffer these very same symptoms when they are seemingly separated from love.  
The PBS film, A Soldiers Heart, depicts a Marine Sergeant who opened fire on and killed an Iraqi civilian woman who was reaching onto her bag for a white flag as she approached their checkpoint. When he realized his mistake he broke down crying and was emotionally unable thereafter to carry out his duties. This is not an unusual incident.  
P.T.S.D is occurring now at an alarming rate in Iraq and the military can no longer sweep it under the rug by calling it battle field stress or cowardice.  
There is only one logical explanation for this phenomenon and it is this ~ deepest in our hearts we have a need to love and be loved and it extends to all our brothers and sisters throughout the world. Longfellow called it The thread of all sustaining beauty that run through all and doth all unite.  
When we take someone else’s life in combat ~ we destroy a part of our own heart in the process and we may never psychically recover from this incident on a soul level.  
Broken minds and bodies

The same things happens when we consciously hurt someone we love or consciously withhold love from someone we love.
We, in essence, are saying no to our heart in the process and we can suffer significant psychic damage on a soul level. 
But when we kill someone ~ our heart becomes hardened with guilt and it is almost impossible to accept or give love carrying this burden ~ which many of our Vietnam and Iraq combat veterans now bear.  
I experienced something similar after a nine month cruise as an all-weather Navy fighter pilot on the USS Ranger in the early 1960’s.  I was never in combat but I was trained to kill on command and would have fired my lethal missiles at a Chinese MIG if ordered to ~ without hesitation.  
When I returned I had lost much of my innocence, my heart had hardened to some degree and my loved ones noted it.  Eventually my heart opened but it may never had if I had taken someone’s life.  
Perhaps we have reached the point in our evolution where we will begin to see all men as our brothers and realize that nonviolence must be a universal spiritual practice ~ if we are to further evolve.  
Martin Luther King Jr said it best;  “Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of the spirit.”

You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.  Only love heals.

Allen Rolland – on the front lines

 Editing:  Jim W. Dean

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Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.

He is host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard driving weekly radio show funded by listener donations at Patreon.com and FALSE FLAG WEEKLY NEWS (FFWN); a audio-video show produced by Tony Hall, Allan Reese, and Kevin himself. FFWN is funded through FundRazr.

He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.

Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin; where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.

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