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Why do so Many Veterans Kill Themselves?

  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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16 Responses to "Why do so Many Veterans Kill Themselves?"

  1. peter  April 7, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Thanks for the article Mr Barrett. You mentioned the symptoms of ptsd. One thing for sure is that the nightmares last for a long long time. Vt has helped. It’s made me realize that the more I though I knew, the more I realized I had no clue about ptsd. Despite all the “help” I had.

    • peter  April 7, 2013 at 2:08 am

      Thought I knew, rather.

  2. Excalibur  April 6, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    We will always need to train young men up to prepare for war on the nation’s behalf – and that means putting them through tough, realistic, training regimes where they learn how to deal with deadly threats and to kill or be killed. It also means separating them from society to some degree – whilst they go through their period of service. That is because they are being groomed and conditioned for what is a traumatic event – war – when all the normal mores of the world will no longer apply. This may be a sad fact but it is unavoidable due to human nature.

    What is MOST important is that those men serving their country are NEVER deployed on military adventures unless it is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL in the cause of the national interest. Even more important is that their unique skills must never be wrongfully USED by an outside agency; a carefully disguised enemy or a false flag operator – as we have blatantly seen with 9/11 and israel’s manipulation of our politics, media and financial institutions.

    A large number of men from my era seem to have committed suicide – ringing alarm bells with a baffled Ministry of Defence but of course they have no real incentive to look into it. What they find might turn out to be expensive! I was surprised to hear details of it announced on the national news some years ago – but the only suggestion seems to be for Regimental Associations to reach out, locate their old boys and give their veterans a bit of a cuddle.

    “Right you lot – all you lucky bastards that are still alive take one step forward …..wait for it, wait for it ….”

    Veteran’s associations probably are a large part of the solution all the same. One hurdle that I foresee as an increasing blight is the media induced ZIO-BUBBLE problem. All of Western society now lives in a sick media driven ZIO-BUBBLE that warps the mindset of people from a very early age in order to subliminally enslave them onto the zio-control matrix programme. Ironically, however, for soldiers to be effective in battle and in the field it is necessary to DE-CLUTTER the zio-bubble somewhat in order to re-introduce reality and make them effective military functionaries.

    After military service the veteran is expected to re-programme and climb back into the ZIO-BUBBLE mindset – and clearly many struggle with this once they have tasted reality in the raw. I suspect that death just becomes a better option – than the loneliness of their reality in a zio-controlled stupor society. I wonder how many have killed themselves – simply unable to compute this and put it into words.

    I would suggest to those boys that the real war is not over. It has not even begun yet. Now we face the toughest task of all – in bursting the zio-bubble. Keep fighting brothers – now comes the fightback for reality – and a resulting feelgood factor when we are victorious that will be worth the wait.

  3. Shangrila01  April 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Your mostly correct however USA did acquire numerous army bases surrounding Iran,Syria the backdoor to Russia.The USA citizen also acquired new tax’s, mind blowing debt and a a police state also the muppet congress senators and president.and you say nothing was acquired LOL.

  4. Charlotte NC Bill  April 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Who was the nurse who sd that all the “jumpers” she attended to had no watches, wallets, jewelry, driv. lic or soc sec cards, etc?

    • Charlotte NC Bill  April 5, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      -But yea, it’s hard to fight and kill for lies…especially the monstrous lie..

    • Charlotte NC Bill  April 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      of Sept eleventh..

  5. ayelyahbenjamin  April 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    The system has failed on all counts, truth sets free what lies enslaved, our true being, love is the balm that heals.
    I see the men on both sides of war and all I have is tears, when we die let it be for truth, not for lies
    When the system fails you …Never give up ****http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVEIN5zsa2Q …inspirational to the end

  6. Chandler  April 4, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I always laugh at lil Georgie boy Bush when he is shown sitting at a Rangers baseball game having a grand old time, showing literally no remorse for what he has done. News of these suicides obviously does not affect him at all for he is smiling, openly flaunting his Bush manhood for all to see. I think when you are such a coward as he is to order others to do the fighting you so conveniently avoided when it was your time. These soldiers now realize the war was based on not one but many lies. They are the ones who have pulled the triggers and watched bodies explode, heads roll, and children fall. They are the ones who smelled the blood and body fluids, heard the moans and groans of the dying, and living crying. They are the ones who will be tormented for the rest of their lives when they realize it was all based on many Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld lies. The mind cannot accept some things, and seeing their buddies maimed, dismembered, and killed, all the while George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and other minor cowards played their war games and now go about their daily lives chuckling all the way to the bank. Listen to Steppenwolf’s America/Monster. After a lengthy history lesson in the verses, John Kay tells us: “America, where are you now? Don’t you care about your sons and daughters? Don’t you know, we need you now, we can’t fight alone against the Monster!” The monster has been revealed.

  7. Chandler  April 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I always laugh at lil Georgie boy Bush when he is shown sitting at a Rangers baseball game having a grand old time, showing literally no remorse for what he has done. News of these suicides obviously does not affect him at all for he is smiling, openly flaunting his Bush manhood for all to see. I think when you are such a coward as he is to order others to do the fighting you so conveniently avoided when it was your time. These soldiers now realize the war was based on not one but many lies. They are the ones who have pulled the triggers and watched bodies explode, heads roll, and children fall. Theyare the oines who smelled the blood and body fluids, heard the moans and groans of the dying, and living crying. Theyy are the ones who will be tormented for the rest of their lives when they realize it was all based on many Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld lies. The mind cannot accept some things, and seeing their buddies mained, dismembered, and killed, all the while George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and other minor cowards pllaying their war games go about their daily lives chuckling all the way to the back. Listen to Steppenwolf’s America/Monster. After a lengthy history lesson in the verses, John Kay tells us: “America, where are you now? Don’t you care about your sons and daughters? Don’t you know, we need you now, we can’t fight alone against the Monster!” The monster has been revealed.

  8. Preston James, Ph.D  April 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Superb article that focuses on the extreme abuse delivered to American Soldiers by sending them into harms way for needless wars of acquisition, other people’s wars. Dr. Kevin Barret has been hitting on all eight cylinders and authoring some great articles lately.

    I have always suspected that some of the suicides are a result of ultra-high tech psychotronics and vaccine based biowarfare experiments used on American Soldiers without their consent. Certainly any “enemy within” that is working 24/7 to destroy America the Republic, asset strip it into ruin on behalf of the world banksters, would want to abuse and destroy those comprising the American military. This makes it much easier to completely disarm America and remove its final protections. Yes, this is treason at the highest levels of the American Govt including numerous traitors in Congress, officials running the USG and Alphabets, and many in the judiciary and dept of just-us. But let’s face it, if these inhuman slime will murder 3,000 American on 9-11 and then thousannds of American troops and civilians in phoney wars, they will do anything.There is a yet to be told story about the deployment of these psychotronic and vaccine born weapons.

    If the general public ever finds out the full story on these deeply classified programs, there will be a lot of USG officials tried for murder, mass murder, crimes against humanity, treason and sedition and hung on military gallows. These scum are like any tyrants in History, no souls, no consciences, pure evil fully corrupted by too much power and money (take your pick, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Idi Amin, it’s the same old story, no souls, no humanness, pure sociopathy, pure evil and all hiding behind a cloak of secet power).

    Hopefully the American people will fully wake up and we will start seeing some real grand juries and some serious prosecutions of these war criminals and banksters before they completely destroy America. If they are not spot all of their minions and doofuses and dupes will be cut loose too and lose all their pensions and everyting else they have worked and K*ssed *ass for so long to climb the NWO Globalist food chain.

    • mommyplayer  April 3, 2013 at 8:08 pm

      Fascinating article and comment Dr. Barrett. I need to rethink what PTSD is. When I try to wake people up, and when we finally get into the deep truth of corruption, it seems that a kind of PTSD starts to set in towards the one I am trying to wake up. Sometimes they run away from it and put their head in the sand to avoid the pain of what I am saying. The subconscios guilt they start to have may play a role I hadnt suspected before in why they cant face it. Next time I get an opportunity to wake someone up, I’ll make sure they let themselves off the hook and suggest they redirect the angst in a postive way toward 911 Justice. Someone needs to study a good way to wake poeple up. I think this article really does have something to do with why people cant see the truth.

    • williammartin  April 4, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      “” Superb article that focuses on the extreme abuse delivered to American Soldiers by sending them into harms way for needless wars of acquisition””

      If you check… The US has acquired NOTHING!
      Iraq has been lost to buying GOODS and other Military equipment from Russia and others. FACT.. There is NO Democracy in Iraq today. In fact Iraq today is worse off then when Saddam was in charge. Iraq has yet to be rebuilt.

      Libya, Is no Democracy today. Libya is the seat of all US Arms flowing into Africa and Syria today. Who like in Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood (WTC 1993) has more SAY then the US Government. Also, Libya has been yet to be rebuilt and Britain got $300 Billion in Pre-NATO invasion contracts.

      US sends Troops into 35 Countries in Africa. The BRICS are in control and the IMF is loosing. US claims to be killing Al Qaeda in Africa while supporting Al Qaeda in Syria. WTF? As Germany demanded its GOLD from France and the US Fed and they didn’t have it so France and US invade MALI Africa’s 3rd largest GOLD producers.

      Afghanistan.. The JOKE of the Day!
      Biden said and Confirmed by the White House that the TALIBAN [ISN’T] a enemy of the US.
      2010 CIA admits less then 100 Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
      This as Obama secretly releases Taliban from Bagram prison and Afghanistan says US secretly working with TALIBAN who [IF] you remember, 2001 That the Taliban had all but ERADICATED the OPIUM FIELDS in Afghanistan. Afghan government only filters 2% of all US foreign aid to its citizens. Nothing in Afghanistan has been rebuilt. This as Russia and China open trade with Afghanistan. [LOOK FOR CIA TO BLOW UP PIPELINES]

      Pakistan, Trade with IRAN {LOOK FOR GAS-LINES TO BE BLOWN UP] As Pakistan is normalizing TRADE with all whom the US calls enemies. The ONLY THING rebuilt in Pakistan is the PHONY “Usama Bin Laden compound, well not rebuilt.. DESTROYED! [CYA] As Fox News reported in 2001 that Bin Laden was dead and the [FBI never wanted] Bin Laden] for anything to do with 9/11.
      *******http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,41576,00.html
      *******http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten/usama-bin-laden

      When the Broken US Soldier is removed from the [PIE] Drone Warfare then replaces the US Soldier in the field. CIA says that they can’t [Really ID] whom is their target. This as Obama says “It is a easy call to make and… If Civilian’s were bombed they were probably up to no good] Changing the word “Collateral Damage” to “Militant” where the US Tax Dollars PAYS $50,000 per incident of those Civilian’s MURDERED by DRONE PROXY.

      American BATTLEFIELD:
      All weapon’s used in the Military theater in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan etc.Are now being deployed on US Soil to be used against the Citizen’s of America. The POLICE STATE trained by Israeli forces HERE in which the ADL, DHS and GILEE websites all boast of this training.

      You’d think the ADL like the NYPD who recently opened an office/branch in Israel that the ADL would also do the same. Under the premise of combating “HATE” the Israeli’s could be trained to LOVE the Palestinians who Israel just killed 2 more Palestinians. Where 3 days ago an alleged rocket launch was then said to have been FALSE. Another False Flag.

      In any event. Wars are all lies. We are NOT greeted as liberators but are HATED for the DEATH CAUSED. Not for our Alleged Freedom’s who US Boy’s after fighting for these “Freedoms” are arrested and forced into mental evaluations for postings on their social networking sites and the DHS calls Veteran’s “Domestic Terrorist’s”.

      Oh Well!

  9. Stewart Ogilby  April 3, 2013 at 11:31 am

    The take-off weights of models of the fabled airplanes is roughly 80,000 to 200,000 lbs. – a lot of scrap to recover.

  10. Stewart Ogilby  April 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

    That these bogus photos continue to appear on VT makes the authors of such columns, if not the entire website, suspect. They continue to support the absurd official 9/11 narrative of brilliant young Arab hijackers, mysterious thousands_ tons airliners that crash without leaving real debris, buildings that blow up from the top down, oodles of computerized dead people, the illogical and traumatic missing persons posters scam, etc. See http://cluesforum.info/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=501

    Disinformation, in the guise of truth-seeking, can be unintentional. I hope that is the case here.

    • williammartin  April 7, 2013 at 1:49 am

      Bogus Photos? Which one[s]?
      Anyone including YOU can go to Archive.org and download all network footage of the September 11th, 2001 media coverage.
      Download VLC media player and use the frame copy button when you see those jumping from the towers. Other media of the Crying US Soldiers can also be seen and you can capture those frames too.

      Like a pressurized POP CAN if you through aluminum at Steel or Concrete it will explode on Impact. How planes pass through a building with steel mess is another story. Yet if you deny the reports of the blasts at the bases of the towers and the White Van’s loaded with explosives and other deported Mossd agents for visa violations who appeared on TV bragging of their Mossad positions and Explosives work then you are BLIND.

      You might review the 4 Part series on Israeli Spies in America by Fox News also. This clearly was a Government sponsored False Flag to bring in the Police State and the lasted Wars of Aggression by the US acting in PROXY for Israel.

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