The United States military not only causes death and destruction in foreign countries, it “literally kills its own combatant men and women” through its inefficient health care policies, says Stephen Lendman, American writer, radio host and columnist at Veterans Today.
Harshly criticizing U.S. military policies, Lendman said Wednesday in an interview that the military’s “mission is to kill and destroy and it kills and destroys its own [troops].”
He added that the military recruits Americans “with false promises that in most cases are never delivered. Promises about free education and free health care and all kinds of other things and few veterans ever get any or much of any of these benefits when they come out, if they do come out.”
Every day about 22 veterans in the United States kill themselves, a rate that is about 20 percent higher than the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2007 estimate, according to a two-year study by a VA researcher.
The VA study indicates that more than two-thirds of the veterans who commit suicide are 50 or older, suggesting that the increase in veterans’ suicides is not primarily driven by those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lendman said the shocking suicide rate among veterans is seldom talked about. “They kill themselves on a daily basis.”