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The loss is preventable

Published October 20. 2012 09:01AM

Dear Editor:

After reading the article in THE TIMES NEWS on Saturday's Oct. 6, 2012 publication on the front page, "Four Suicides an Hour", I believe more can be done to save a life.

I'm going to talk about our veterans. First, just about all my relatives and family members served in the military World War I and II, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan in special forces, communications intelligence. One relative who recently passed last week made a career in the U.S. Navy.

In these war era times upon separation from active duty there were good paying jobs with benefits, the G.I. bill which funds a veteran's education, and families were there for support. Veterans returning home from active duty in the last 10 years or more to present are finding no jobs or low paying jobs. Adjusting to civilian life can be difficult for many. Other psychological factors can be present also. Combat injuries may have psychological consequences.

As presidential candidate Mitt Romney said, "the middle class is crushed". How did this come to be? The last 10 years or so the economy was on a downward trend. Not finding work can be a contributing factor. If a friend or family member notices any change in a veteran's behavior pattern, alcohol use, lack of appetite you should call a doctor, hospital or VA hospital. There is help available!


Larry Consoli,

Summit Hill

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