On Contact: High Rates Of Suicide Among Combat Veterans

| Resistance Report

On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to Matthew Hoh, former US Marines company commander, about the high rates of veteran suicides. Hoh served two tours in Iraq as a Marine and also worked as an official within the State Department. He resigned his position as a State Department political officer in Afghanistan in 2009 in protest at the Obama administration’s escalation of the war.

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  • didactic1

    Even in WW2, many US Soldiers committed what the so called laws of war, IMO a farcical irony, call war crimes. Since WW2 every overseas of US Troops where force was used likewise was a crime under international law, a farce, and in violation of the UN Charter, another farce, and the creaking US Constitution. Were ANY US combat troops “good” people. Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe if some of them realized their crimes, and sentenced themselves to death, that is”good”. I don’t know. All I know is that if you tried to arrest Obama you’d be in jail or a hospital. Honor the fighters who shot up the US House in 1950. And don’t stand of the POA if sports events resume. Don’t blame me if a Hero Vet beats you up though.

    Go Taliban.

  • 0040

    Calling those who served in the oil wars and Afghanistan combat veterans is a stretch . No battles have been fought and the bombing, droning and murdering of enraged lightly armed suicidal peasants is not combat , its repression and terrorism. Dostoevsky dead horse from Crime and Punishment comes mind . Mr Hedges should find a healthier one to whip.

  • 0040

    Many combat vets from WW2 , Korea , and Vietnam killed themselves slowly with alcohol and other drugs , as was the norm, these things were not discussed publicly in those eras.

  • Marble Rye

    Agreed. At this point in history with relative easy access to information, there’s little excuse to join the military out of ‘patriotism’. If you’re poor and desperate to get out of it, that I can understand. But no one should be joining the military naively anymore.

    But again, if you are poor and in a horrible home situation and desperate to get out, then I suppose it’s understandable to enlist. All you have to do is go to a recruiting office. If you’re not sure where one is, find the nearest dollar store, they’re never far from those.

  • Southern

    The point and purpose of this episode was to expose the alarming numbers of suicides among combat veterans regardless whether the description is inappropriate.

  • 0040

    Alarming numbers ? I think not . Soldiers today serve logistical needs and service weapons systems while hunkered down in vast hardened impregnable camps , from which they sally forth occasionally to do their filthy business . it is then irate suicidal rebels attack them. Wars involving combat troops are now of the past as it seems Mr Hedges thinking is fast becoming as well as his move to the right becomes clear. .

  • didactic1

    Vietnam after 67 drugs, suicide and murder of other Americans were known, discussed, featured in media. Public didn’t care. Public doesn’t care now. Keep the meat and frozen food cabinets at supermarkets full. Keep expanding pot availability. That’s what public cares about.

  • 0040

    Only a small segment of the populace and MSM were attempting to conflate the suicide issue with the anti-war strategy in the 1960s-70s as I recall , something done today as well , with the same negligible effect . War and War crimes are synonyms and therefore not ironic . Had Churchill , Stalin , Hitler , and Mao been taken out when their insanity first gained popularity , WW2 may not have occurred? had Wilson not become POTUS WW1 may have ended far differently? And if our mothers had wheels they would have been bicycles ?

  • Southern

    Alarming indeed – enough to start raising awareness and arguing that these lie based wars are not worth it since they are being fought for all the wrong reasons while committing an ongoing series of war crimes no one is being held accountable for under international laws.

    One of the way’s that these wars for corporate profits will end is by turning public opinion against Washington but also Langley’s warmongers.

    Free Assange – NO US extradition!!!

  • John R.

    Excellent and informative piece. Thanks for posting this PR.

  • Michael Valentine

    War is not good for children or grown men.

    Too bad that it’s a profitable pastime for the war profiteers.

  • Southern

    Excellent point times of peace are far more profitable for everyone and in more ways than one.

  • John R.

    This piece is worth watching as all Hedges RT pieces are. This one is compelling for two reasons for me – 1 ) both men discuss their PTD and especially, 2 ) the concept and reality of “moral injury” suffered by those who’ve killed and done things they can not reconcile over the course of their lives. When soldiers commit such acts in “atrocity producing situations” those acts essentially ruin their lives from the inside out. My heart goes out to any man (or woman) who this country has asked to kill.

  • didactic1

    There is more. Admiration of veterans and being in military is arans for people who are undisyonguished to achieve self and social rstee. This option has deep anthropological roots.

  • didactic1

    Suicidal peasants? There are very few suicide bombers. Well trained professional soldiers using assymetrical tactics often defeat heavily armed, high tech armies

  • didactic1

    The rebels are rarely suicidal..