In Aspen, Colorado, Navy Admiral Mike Mullen (ret.), former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told an audience, this weekend, that the military has “18 vets a day who are killing themselves in the United States” due to the stresses of military life (video below).
Military suicides rose dramatically after the start of the Iraq war, according to a recent study by the Army’s Public Health Command. That same study found that in 2008, 1 in 5 U.S. soldiers voluntarily submitted to a mental health evaluation, “implying a prevalent public health problem.”
Mullen said: “Indicative of [those stresses] is the incredible suicide rate we have on the active side, which is even despite all the efforts of leadership to contain it, is in the army this year higher now than it was a year ago."
"And another statistic that hasn’t gotten much traction is that we’ve got 18 vets a day who are killing themselves in the United States.”
Mullen added: "I think the United States of America, without its military being a direct output of its people’s will, and understanding what that is, is a disaster for us in the long run.”