The rate of veteran suicide in the U.S. has reached an all time high of 22 veterans a day. This is the first time in world history that more soldiers have died by suicide after returning home from war than have died in actual combat in the war.
Why is this? What is happening?
Iraq war veteran and best selling author Kevin E Lake tells us why in his novel “Off Switch” which was written, in part, to raise awareness of the massive suicide epidemic among our vets in the U.S. Reasons include abuse of troops by their leadership while in theater and upon returning from combat, advantages taken upon the troops by anyone who can take them while the soldier is deployed, such as spouses leaving them, taking their kids, and draining their bank accounts, and perhaps the biggest being the massive amount of psycho-quack drugs the VA and the military hospitals are putting our veterans on upon their return from war.
Lake spells it out for us in prose form via a fictional novel based on the facts of his own deployment to Iraq and his return home. Lake was a machine gunner in Mosul, Al Qaeda in Iraq’s last urban stronghold. He spent six months in a Warrior Transition Battalion when he returned, having surgery and going through rehab after his time in combat, and as he says in the chilling afterward of his novel, “getting addicted to every f*%#ing drug they could throw at him (sic).”