Michael E. Peterson

Eugene, Oregon

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Veterans and Suicide

by Michael E. Peterson 05-09-2014

As a Vietnam veteran, I thank you for publishing Gregg Brekke’s article (“Wounded Souls,” April 2014) about veterans’ troubles, especially on the emotional and spiritual level. The incidence of suicide has been growing ever since the Vietnam War. I call the reader’s attention to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and the number of deaths inscribed on the wall. Now double it—that’s the number of confirmed suicides by Vietnam vets that have occurred since the war.