“About 20 veterans a day commit suicide, per the Veterans Administration: “In 2014, the latest year available, more than 7,400 veterans took their own lives, accounting for 18% of all suicides in America. Veterans make up less than 9% of the U.S. population.”
If you go look at the article, you’ll note that number for 2014 is higher than the combined number of casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. We spent millions of hours debating those wars, arguing about whether they were just, or worth the lives of those young men and women.
We hardly have a word for the thousands of veterans killing themselves, and what we can do to help them before they reach that point.
Which begs the question, do we really care about the soldiers, or do we care about our political views more?