Veteran Suicides: What lies beneath?

“Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.” So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour, the day, the month, and the year, were released to kill…”
~Revelation 9:14-15

I keep reading various news reports, the latest just this week, of the unusual number of military suicides, particularly among army veterans. Other statistics that don’t receive as much press are the staggering number of substance abuse issues that are appearing, and alarmingly, the disproportionate number of veterans who are incarcerated or otherwise working their way through the legal system. The link to the article is above, but here are the opening paragraphs of the report:

WASHINGTON, Jan 13, 2010 (IPS) – Suicides among United States military veterans ballooned by 26 percent from 2005 to 2007, according to new statistics released by the Veterans Affairs (VA) department.

“Of the more than 30,000 suicides in this country each year, fully 20 percent of them are acts by veterans,” said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki at a VA-sponsored suicide prevention conference on Monday. “That means on average 18 veterans commit suicide each day. Five of those veterans are under our care at VA.”

The spike in the suicide rate can most clearly be attributed to the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the high number of veterans returning to the U.S. with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

To connect the dots, the middle east is the most spiritually volatile region on earth, the home of biblical Babylon and the epicenter of the visions of the Book of Revelation. Is it coincidental that it has become the cradle of devotion to a demon god and jihad by suicide? The military is fighting a war in “the devil’s sandbox” or as I often put it, on hell’s manhole cover. The psychological toll can’t be written off, but a spiritual root cause is not taken seriously. After all, isn’t that Revelation stuff just myth and superstition? Seriously…isn’t it?

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