One of the big weapons in the left’s arsenal has been the claim that military deployment causes military suicides. That cynical and dishonest line of attack has been growing lately.
But now it ran into a problem. The facts don’t back it up.
Combat appears to have little or no influence on suicide rates among U.S. troops and veterans, according to a military study that challenges the conventional thinking about war’s effects on the psyche.
Depression and other types of mental illness, alcohol problems and being male – strong risk factors for suicide among civilians – were all linked to self-inflicted deaths among current and former members of the military.
But the researchers found deployment and combat did not raise the risk.”
In other words, soldiers are people like everyone else. And underpaying them and denying their benefits, the way Obama Inc. has done, is a far more likely cause of self-harm than deployment.