Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    How true, so many veterans come home to poverty. And such a high rate of suicide more of them die at home than in the field of battle.

  2. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, about 1 year ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Hey, it’s just collateral damage – you know how much we all like war.

  3. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 1 year ago

    And the other 99.9999% don’t kill themselves.

  4. omQ Release the Desaparecidos

    omQ Release the Desaparecidos said, about 1 year ago

    @ConserveGov

    ConserveGov shrugged, ‘And the other 99.9999% don’t kill themselves.’


    Well, so long as you’re satisfied with those losses, then we shouldn’t care. I thought conservative, patriotic folks like yourself always beat on their chests and claim to support your troops no matter what. But now I see a callous response from you. Interesting.


    Reuters: U.S. military veteran suicides rise, one dies every 65 minutes


    Stripes: More soldier suicides than combat deaths in 2012
    Like wcorvi pointed out above, it’s just more collateral damage; they chose to be in harm’s way, like those other civilians killed.

  5. Robert Landers

    Robert Landers said, about 1 year ago

    @ConserveGov As usual, your math is totally flawed, as any 5th grader could tell you! If 22 each day is a true number, and that then is some 00.0001 as you say it is (100 – 99.9999%), then there are 21,000,978 vets each day (22,000,000 – 22) that do not kill themselves. And that is more than 10 times the total current number of people in our entire military!!

    I would really like to see people such as yourself put your brain into gear before placing your hands on your keyboard, and make such nonsensical exaggerations!!

  6. lisapaloma13

    lisapaloma13 said, about 1 year ago

    @Robert Landers

    Well said.

  7. StCleve72

    StCleve72 said, about 1 year ago

    @ConserveGov

    Can you recall the exact moment you lost your humanity, sir? A soul is a terrible thing to live without.

  8. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, about 1 year ago

    So, just what is this Admin. going to do about this? How is gun control going to help? How about delusional green energy tech. subsidies? More business regulations? Higher taxes? Amnesty?
    C’mon progressives, be consistent. Start bashing your guy for his failures, these are his men and women, have been for 4 years now. Can’t blame this on CheneyShrub.
    Side note.
    Chris Kyle, Navy Seal, American hero, murdered in cold blood. Not a word from the Pres.
    Whitney Houston, singer, drowns in her bath water while under the influence, Pres orders flags at half mast.
    Don’t expect much to be done about the suicides of our Vets from this quality of Commander in Chief, his priorities lie elsewhere.

  9. michael pokrivnak

    michael pokrivnak GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    @Robert Landers

    Thank you Robert. At the VA hospital that I use there isn’t enough parking for the Vets we have now and we keep making more.

  10. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, about 1 year ago

    How does the implied ratio compare with general population?
    How about compared to similar demographics, sans military experience?

    If I have a 17 year old son, will he be more or less likely to commit suicide if he joins or avoids military service?

    How about daughter?

  11. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Again the distractions. The President can appoint, Congress can oversee, but it’s the bureaucrats in any organization who determine results. In private AND public companies it takes guts to stand up and say this is wrong, there IS a better way. Most people see what happens next, then look the other way and “follow the rules”. The worst just look out for themselves, to hell with their clients/customers.

  12. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, about 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Soooo… How many are at YOUR house? Third Amendment says that is the Governments’ responsibility.

  13. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, about 1 year ago

    The suicide rate among veterans has always been high among those who saw combat. It is very hard to live a normal life after being expected to kill people on a daily basis. PTSD also affects most veterans to some degree, and it his hard to maintain solid employment with mental issues that can make bosses and coworkers uneasy. My wife’s grandfather, who fought under MacArthur in the Philippines and Pacific theater, spent his entire life unable to speak to anyone Asian without getting upset to the point of tears.
    We are taking kids at 18 years old, putting them in an environment where their lives are constantly in danger, and not supporting them enough when they get back. WWII had the advantage that there were plenty of job vacancies to be filled, mainly because of the number of men who died. Today, yes veterans have a box to check on their employment application, but our workforce is fluid, not permanent. A 20 year old suffering from PTSD may get the job initially, but will lose his job with everyone else when the corporate leaders feel it is time to make a new bonus payout. What is really left are low paying service jobs, so now these young men and women who damaged their minds to support whatever freedoms they were sold on cannot support their families or afford to start a family.
    VA clinics should be appropriately funded to provide psychiatric hekp for all who need it, and our military budget should be turned in that direction instead of towards finding new countries to invade. But our corporate culture needs to change as well. A job should be able to turn into a career that will support the worker. These kids are getting technical training, but are not able to find professional work because the jobs are now contract positions or do not pay enough to live on and have no future. Walmart is making a push to hire more veterans. Now they can look forward to coming home to a nice minimum wage job.

  14. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 1 year ago

    Maybe if there were some jobs for them when they returned those numbers would drop. Raising taxes(again) as Barry proposes, will not help.
    Plus, I’d like to know where Ted got his “22 a day” number.
    Is that from the Veterans Administration?

  15. Kris Jackson

    Kris Jackson said, about 1 year ago

    @ConserveGov

    It was from Forbes, hardly a liberal site. http://www.forbes.com/sites/melaniehaiken/2013/02/05/22-the-number-of-veterans-who-now-commit-suicide-every-day/

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