Would military exit oath be enough to prevent veteran suicide? Experts say no

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  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Aug. 21, 2017 7:51 a.m.

    Another low cost solution from the people who want more tax cuts.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Aug. 20, 2017 4:58 p.m.

    February 2014, Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have expanded veterans’ benefits, and built 27 new VA clinics and facilities over the next ten years, because they thought the bill was too expensive. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) spoke for the group of 41 GOP obstructionists when he said, “This bill creates new veterans’ programs and it’s not paid for—it’s all borrowed money.”

    May 2014, Republicans advanced a bill that gave $600 Billion in tax cuts to wealthy corporations.

    Republicans would rather take from veterans and give to wealthy businesses. One year of the business tax cuts could pay for the veterans benefits nearly three times over. It’s a matter of priorities, and in the Republican mind, tax cuts for the wealthy are more important than veterans.

  • DarthMaul Vernal, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 6:58 p.m.

    Is that right? I guess that is a solution to fix the physiological changes occurring inside the mind of a suffering and wounded human being huh? Who is the Ph.D. you hire for consultation on this? No common sense at all.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 6:56 p.m.

    One of the dumbest ideas to come out of Rear Echelon types in decades.
    But, it would allow them to shift the blame to the individual and cover their own butt by saying "Well, we got them to promise not to hurt themselves, so we did our job." And probably set up a huge bureaucracy and reporting to monitor things but never actually change anything.

    Disgusting!

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 6:04 p.m.

    The House just seems to be paying lip service to the veteran suicide issue. "We got them to sign a piece of paper!" I'm sure many veterans find that insulting.

  • conservative scientist Lindon, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 4:36 p.m.

    The question as posed in the headline is silly as the answer is obviously no. It may be a matter of semantics but the word "prevent" means that it doesn't happen, which means that we go from however many suicides we currently have down to zero, year after year forever. That is obviously not going to happen.

    The question should be phrased "Would a military exit oath help or hurt our veterans in our attempt to prevent suicide?" Then we could use both expert opinion as well as ongoing observations to answer that question. Any reasonably easy intervention that can save even one life, and hopefully some percentage would be worth pursuing.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Aug. 19, 2017 9:56 a.m.

    Would military exit oath be enough to prevent veteran suicide? Experts say no

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    Speaking myself as a Veteran --

    No.
    The only way to prevent veteran suicide is NOT putting us in harms way over STUPID political wars!

    Protecting and Defending the Constitution has nothing to do with Donald Trump's verbal twitter rants to other nations.

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    Aug. 19, 2017 9:56 a.m.

    Bottom line, we treat mental health issues as a personal failure, a mark of shame.

    That stigma means people don't seek treatment and it means we don't fund treatment.

    And that means people suffer and die, sometimes harming others.

    Cancel an F-35 and hire more therapists. That will save lives.