American soldiers are committing suicide in record numbers (average 18 per day) due to PTSD and multiple deployments. A soldier recently committed suicide to avoid being deployed for the ninth time.
Maybe we need to have a conversation about reinstating the draft. Currently, only 1% of the population bears the burdens of war – these wars have been beneath the radar of most Americans. Just because these brave men willingly volunteer doesn’t make it right that they (and their families) bear the total costs.
Our politicians, (of whom most don’t have any loved ones serving — and if they do — they often get special treatment) send these brave and honorable troops to these wars and disregard their humanity. Perhaps if more of the population were involved, we wouldn’t be engaging in these wars in the first place.