Within the last few days, it was reported on MSNBC that soldier suicides in 2012 were higher than deaths caused during the same period in combat.
Certainly, this topic needs a great deal of attention. But it also needs more in depth reporting with regard to contributing factors.
Watching the MSNBC interview, the rate of deployment/redeployment of our troops was appropriately raised as a contributing factor to soldier suicides, however, the interview was void of discussion about other important contributing factors.
Where was the discussion in this MSNBC story about suicide-prevention, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Where was the discussion about the over medication of too many of our troops returned from combat?
Where was the discussion about the 1-2 years our soldiers are stuck in Warrior Transition Units (WTU’s) awaiting medical retirement, often separated from family for much of that time period?
A topic this serious requires far more serious, in depth reporting about the contributing factors.
Our soldiers risk their lives for our freedoms on six month and twelve month tours of duty at a time. Hopefully reporters can squeeze in a bit of extra time to really examine the multitude of factors contributing to this serious issue.
Our soldiers are committing suicide on the home front. This deserves much more than a cursory discussion in the media.
Tiffany Cloud Olson is the author of Sleeping with Dog Tags.