According to 2021 research done by the United Service Organizations (USO), “30,177 active duty personnel and veterans who served in the military after 9/11 have died by suicide – compared to the 7,057 service members killed in combat in those same 20 years. That is, military suicide rates are four times higher than deaths that occurred during military operations.”
The Military Suicide Report says the actual statistics are much worse than reported by the military: “Since 9/11, in excess of 100,000 American veterans have died from suicide, according to data from both the VA and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). According to CDC, 20 percent of all suicides in America are veterans.”
Those are truly disturbing statistics and constitute a national tragedy.
Dr. Bart Billings, a United States Army counselor who has been in the mental health field for 5 decades, pointed out what is very likely the root cause of the unprecedented rise in military suicides. He believes it is the dramatic increase in soldiers being prescribed psychiatric drugs. “We have never drugged our troops to this extent and the current increase in suicides is not a coincidence.” Dr. Billings stated that he never recommended that a patient take psychiatric drugs and consequently, never had a single suicide on his watch.
“I’m 100 percent convinced,” says Dr. Billings. “I’ve seen it and talked to hundreds of these guys. These medications really interfere with the brain’s ability to normalize itself and adjust. It’s hard to make a choice on how to recover if your brain isn’t operating the way it should be. … I’ve been trying to convince people that psychiatrists are nothing but legal drug dealers, and they’re dealing drugs that don’t work and actually kill people.”
A Senate hearing was convened in 2014 which provided testimony from family members of numerous military suicides. Those deaths occurred after “treatment” with ever-increasing quantities of multiple psychotropic drugs. Even though legislation was introduced to curb those drug excesses, to this day nothing has actually been done to alleviate that targeted, concentrated harm to our soldiers.
There has been and continues to be a betrayal of Duty, Honor, Country by psychiatric ideology against our military. It is unconscionable.