Sunday, August 19, 2012

Less than 1%

"War is an experience that keeps on giving-addiction, divorce and flashbacks."

Suicide rates among our military men/women are at an all time high.

It's hard to imagine many of the things that these young men and women have experienced.

It's hard for most Americans.

"At any given time in the past decade, less than 1 percent of the American population has been on active military duty, compared with 9 percent of Americans who were in uniform during World War II."

"The result is a military far less connected to the rest of society. Typically when our nation is at war, it's a front-burner issue for the public. But with these post 9/11 wars, which are now past the 10-year mark, the public has been paying less and less attention."

Another reminder: the 24/7 national hot line for ANY service men/women contemplating suicide is 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

Please help to pass the word.

Reference: November 25, 2011 NY Times: As Fewer Americans Serve, Growing Gap is Found Between Civilians and Military.

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