On 9/11 in 2001 19 #terrorists (allegedly) killed 3,000 Americans in "the worst terror attack ever on American soil".
Sept 11 this year, 2013, marks the 12th anniversary of that unfortunate event.
We have been "at war" (though never actually declared other than for buzzwords ie; The War on Terror) in the middle east for the past 12 years as a result of that single "terrorist attack".
If we take 3,000 [American lives] / 12 years, we get an "average" of 250 Americans per year killed by evil terrorists.. (If you like you can throw Maj Hasan's contribution in here too but it won't change the result).
When we look at the latest data for suicides by military personnel we see..
US military suicides have never been so high since data was recorded: up to 349 for 2012.
One doesn't have to excel in math to see that, on a per year basis, more military personnel, on average, kill themselves than Americans who have been killed by terrorists.
Past 12 years average number of Americans killed by terrorists = 250
2012 number of suicides by military personnel = 349
This is the human cost, saying nothing about the [#fiat] $$ cost of all U.S. military action(s) in the middle east, northern Africa, wherever..
US military suicides in charts: how they overtook combat deaths
I #hope I have active duty military readers of this blog.. I know I have quite a few military followers on @twitter.
Because I'd like to say, "I feel your pain". But don't give up. Don't do yourself in.
We have much work to do.
The #plan for the USA certainly "appears" to be something close to martial law
Many people suspect civil war in the USA is a very real possibility.
So, in short we need you.. You are "trained", battle hardened, sworn to defend the homeland from enemies abroad & domestically..
Most of you swore to God..
"I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
It would be very comforting to many Americans to know that you have our back when / if things go south and government tyranny and the police state arrive in America.
One day it may be #time for our own military Coup d'état..
See also: Suicide Rate Among Vets and Active Duty Military Jumps - Now 22 A Day