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Suicide part of troubling trend

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on September 25, 2010

UPI US News

HEWITT, Texas, Sept. 20 (UPI) — A soldier who defused explosives in Iraq and killed himself in Texas had become “a ticking time bomb,” his father said.

Police said Spc. Armando Aguilar shot himself in the head at a gas station Aug. 21 after leading a policeman on a 10-mile chase, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Aguilar, 26, a member of Fort Hood’s 87th Sapper Company, was at least the 15th serviceman at the huge Texas base to commit suicide this year, Army records show.

Aguilar’s mental deterioration may have begun after his buddy from basic training committed suicide while in Iraq, Aguilar’s family told the Express-News. A month before his suicide, he thought he was seeing shadows of his friend.

Aguilar was twice hospitalized after attempted overdoses and was put on suicide watch. Two weeks before his death, he was put on anti-psychotic medication, which his family said may have backfired.

“He was a ticking time bomb already,” said the soldier’s father, Armando Aguilar Sr.

Statistics for the year through August show the Army had recorded 196 confirmed or suspected suicides.

2 Responses to “Suicide part of troubling trend”

  1. Superman said

    It’s all AIG & CNA’s fault anyways just blame it on them.

    Their active claims adjustment activities are to push the claimant over the edge so they commit suicide and that is what is considered a sucessful claims adjudication. !!!

  2. daffodils said

    Exactly right spot on except that people who commit suicide already have a diagnosed mental injury in over 90% of cases. AIG and CNA are just pushing them over the edge because not only do they ignore their claims for years but meanwhile refuse them treatment never mind compensation and the government is all too happy to go along with this.

    Do the math. Civilian contractors have outnumbered troops for years and their PTSD/ TBI/ depression casualty rate (causing suicide) is similar, namely one-third of those who return from recent war zones.

    Can you imagine the fit Congress gets when told they have to budget for these unforseen, hidden costs?

    The only way we can fight for justice in this is for us to stand together, no matter our different political/ etc persuasions, and realize that we may be next on the chopping board.

    This (contractor/ mercinary designation) was done on purpose by Cheney and Rumsfeld, so the public would not object if we got killed or injured and tossed away without a peep from the mainstream media or anyone else.

    The only way we can possibly count is if we force their hand to acknowledge the truth of our contributions, and openly say what we know and did. The only thing to fear is fear itself.

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