Thursday, February 02, 2006

Democracy Now! Headlines for January 30, 2006 Veteran Who Spoke Out About War's Psychological Affects Commits Suicide

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Headlines for January 30, 2006
Veteran Who Spoke Out About War's Psychological Affects Commits Suicide
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/30/157208

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In Ohio, a 35-year-old veteran of the Iraq war was buried on Saturday - a week after he committed suicide. Army Reservist Douglas Barber was a member of the Iraq Veterans Against the War and had publicly spoken out about the psychological toll war takes on veterans. A month before he died he appeared on Doug Basham's radio show. Barber reportedly spent two years fighting the military to get counseling and for the VA to recognize his disability. Just days before he shot himself, Douglas Barber wrote QUOTE, "We cannot stand the memories and [we] decide death is better. We kill ourselves because we are haunted by seeing children killed and families wiped out." Meanwhile a new report from UPI is estimating 19,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress since 2002. Overall 40,000 veterans from the two wars have exhibited some signs of mental health disorders.