Suicide : The Real Threat Of U.s. Veterans. Essay

1752 Words Apr 7th, 2016 8 Pages
Suicide: The Real Threat to U.S. Veterans
United States Army Colonel Andrew T. Poznick commissioned as an infantry officer in 1993. That same year he married his best friend Trish and embarked on a long and distinguished career. Andrew and Trish had two children John and Emma. They led the typical military lifestyle following orders to multiple duty stations throughout the United States. Military orders also led Colonel Poznick to two tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2011, the colonel commanded the last unit in Iraq where he earned the bronze star medal (Andrew, 2016). His most recent achievement was his acceptance as a member of the faculty at the Army War College; a school that focuses on military strategy at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. From the outside, everything seemed to be going well with Andrew and his family. However, on March 20, 2016 Andrew Poznick lost his battle with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and took his own life (Brooks, 2016). With suicide rates climbing every year, suicide is a real problem among veterans of the armed forces. Members of the United States military are fighting and winning America’s battles around the world, but they are losing the battle of depression and suicide at home.
At the beginning of the 21st Century the United States of America was involved in two wars. Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) began in October 2001 in an effort to combat terrorism in Afghanistan and other parts of Southwest Asia.…

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