但, perhaps a less-talked-about issue remains: More veterans have died by suicide since the 9/11 attacks than in combat.
多于 30,000 American active military personnel and 退伍军人 involved in post-9/11 wars are estimated to have died by suicide – a figure at least four times greater than the 7,000 service members who were killed in combat during that time, according to research from Brown University and Boston University.
从 2006 至 2021, 美国. Department of Veterans Affairs found that mental health needs increased by about 98%.
“We make them so strong that they live beyond their humanity in many ways, and see themselves as beyond the need for help until the bottom falls out,” Sherman Gillums Jr., chief strategy and impact officer at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 告诉福克斯新闻.
“Mental health and the illnesses that are associated with it when it becomes problematic doesn’t discriminate,” Gillums added. “The only thing that varies is the ability to hide it and whether we ask for help.”
The trauma some service members experience on the battlefield may lead to mental health issues – the unseen wounds of 战争.
“We have to remember the mission that we have our veterans do, which is a different mission than the rest of the country,” 博士说. Tamara Campbell, the VA’s acting executive director for the office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
In the small town of Jay Em, 怀俄明州, there’s a program called Project Remount Corporation that pairs veterans or first responders with wild mustangs. The mustangs have PTSD and anxiety themselves, so the program offers reciprocal healing.