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Can a General Call Suicide "Selfish"?

slinger Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 7:52 PM
Dennis, As a Soldier, returned to civilian life with no transition period, I was very suicidal. Life was not the same and I had no guidance. I could not impose my will anymore. I had to fend for myself under different rules. I was a screwed up screw. But,,, Moral, Christian upbringing; seeing my parents( divorced before I was born) struggle to do the right thing, did not prevent me from threatening or dreaming about it. As you can read, I haven't yet. IT IS the coward's way. Unless you're about to be overrun, and subject to capture. js
JudithBG Wrote: Jun 05, 2012 8:14 PM
slinger, Did you know that there is a place which trains dogs to be your protector and companion. I believe that they are free to veterans. If you can find the book called: "Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him", it would tell you where yo find them (outside of NYC, I believe).
On his army blog of January 19, the commanding general of Fort Bliss (Texas), Major General Dana Pittard, wrote regarding members of the military who commit suicide:

"I have now come to the conclusion that suicide is an absolutely selfish act. I am personally fed up with soldiers who are choosing to take their own lives so that others can clean up their mess. Be an adult, act like an adult and deal with your real-life problems like the rest of us."

According to the National Journal, "Pittard's blunt comments about suicide have raised eyebrows throughout the military. . . . Suicide-prevention...

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