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Veteran’s Day

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In observance of Veteran’s Day I spent much of this morning watching videos on youtube with the kids. (Youtube is a main source of education in our home, as Asher and I tend to search whatever we are learning about for more info on the site).

There were many we came across that I wanted to post today, but this one seemed most appropriate, as it  reminded me that the responsibility of observing the day seems to have greater importance now that I am a mother. I have more than my own ignorance to fight against. (The irony of this song in light of Asher’s homeschooling right now is not lost on me.)


Written by annnee

November 11, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Focusing on Veterans: 18 Suicides a Day

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Last November when CBS reported an epidemic of 6,200 veteran suicides in 2005, Dr. Ira Katz, head of mental health for the VA, attacked the report, and insisted in a CBS interview, “there is no epidemic of suicide. The figures provided to the network by the VA and Katz showed 790 attempted suicides in 2007.

Ahh. Email trails. Two days after Katz gave CBS the low figure, he sent an email titled “Shhh — not for the CBS News Interview Request”. In it he wrote that “our suicide prevention coordinators are identifying about 1,000 attempts per month among veterans we see in our medical facilities.” As high as this number is, it does not include reports about suicide and suicide attempts among soldiers still on active duty.

Tony Rutherford’s article

Bob Dart’s

Press Release after this blew up from House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Written by annnee

November 11, 2008 at 6:39 pm

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