An increase in veterans’ calls to a suicide hotline is terrible, but so was the baseline
This is horrible news to read, from Mike Brest of The Washington Examiner:
Veterans placed more than 35,000 calls to the Veterans Crisis Line between Aug. 13 and 29, according to VA data provided to the Washington Examiner, which coincides with the time period in which the U.S. military and coalition forces were embarking on what would become one of the largest airlifts in history as they worked around the clock to evacuate foreign nationals and Afghan allies who could be at risk under the Taliban regime.
That bad news isn’t as bad as the context. The increase was 7% from the year before during that two-week period, but in that year, actual suicides were up 8% from the year before. It’s a steady increase.
Maybe this has always been an unacknowledged problem, but it feels like something is shifting. The wokism we’re hearing about in the military is only the now-undeniable next phase of a metastasizing ideology that has undermined the warrior culture that aided with psychological stability.
Now we have “social justice warriors,” defined mainly by their capacity to complain, while actual warriors are disrespected.