Are there reasons why the U.S. government seems to be sitting by idly, doing nothing, as twenty two veterans a day in the U.S. take their own lives? If so, could those reasons be sinister? Is this part of a greater plan?
For the first time in world history, more veterans who fought in a particular war (the wars in the Middle East) have died from suicide after the war than the number of troops who have died in the war. Let’s look at a couple of facts, only made public this year, which may hint that the current suicide epidemic among veterans may be by design.
Recently, an intense investigation by the Department of Defense was done at Madigan Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord located in Tacoma, Washington. The probe was centered on a high ranking doctor who had allegedly given orders to downgrade soldier’s and veteran’s P.T.S.D. diagnoses who were receiving medical treatment, which would in turn cause a lowering of their VA disability ratings and benefits. As a consequence, forty percent of everyone who’d previously been awarded P.T.S.D. diagnosis under this high ranking official’s command had their diagnosis reversed. Commenting on how costly the P.T.S.D. diagnosis could be to the VA and the Defense Department in the long run, the official in question was quoted as saying, “We have to be good stewards of the Government’s money.”
As a result of the investigation, Pentagon officials also released reports in which they strongly encourage doctors working with veterans who have P.T.S.D. to focus more on therapy and less on medication, one class in particular, the benzodiazepines, for which ‘risks exceed benefits.’
What drugs fall into the benzodiazepine category being used on a regular basis with soldiers and veterans? One of the most common is a sleeping pill called Klonopin, which soldiers coming back from the fronts in Afghanistan, and previously Iraq, have reported is being given out in theater in mass.
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