Aging warriors often suffer for a lifetime without treatment for PTSD… Suicide risk much higher than younger warriors…

by | Apr 29, 2013

Older veterans twice as likely to take their own lives as those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan

Suicide risk higher among aging warriors…  Quote from this website and article…


“We call them the Greatest Generation of military veterans, who saved the world for democracy by defeating Germany and Japan and then returned home to build the United States into a superpower after World War II.
In the popular mythology, they’re practically invincible, rarely complaining about the trauma of war.
But an investigation by The Bay Citizen and New America Media shows there’s a massive amount of pain behind that taciturn exterior: In California, World War II-era veterans are killing themselves at a rate that’s nearly four times higher than that of people the same age with no military service.”
My father waited in denial until well into his 60’s before getting treatment for his severe PTSD condition.  Dad served America during WWII in the US Navy, surviving Pearl Harbor and combat duty in the Pacific.  He lived with the horror of war for years not even knowing what was wrong.  His family suffered for decades with the secondary effects of PTSD before we even knew anything about moral injury and PTSD, let alone treatment alternatives.

It is never too late to help aging warriors achieve some level of peace of mind.  Pay attention to their behavior and help them live the rest of their lives with dignity and pride for serving America during past wars.  Giving up and taking their own life should not be the only choice left for a final peaceful exit…  We owe veterans of all wars our gratitude and support.  Never forget their service to America…

Steve Sparks
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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