FROM Frank Ochberg
Military Suicides on the Rise Suicides among America's active soldiers and veterans are outpacing combat casualties -- and the numbers are increasing — even as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down. Last week, the Associated Press reported some daunting statistics : 154 suicides in 155 days among American troops on active duty. The Department of Veterans Affairs says veterans are killing themselves at an average rate of 18 a day. The total deaths from suicide far exceed combat casualties in the past ten years of war. We hear how family survivors, the Pentagon and others are searching for answers. National Suicide Prevention Hotline : offers 24/7 free and confidential, nationwide network of crisis centers. Veterans can press 1 with confidentiality and privacy 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) or www.SuicidePreventionLifeline.org Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors : 800-959-TAPS (800-959-8277) or taps.org
The Suicide Epidemic in America's Armed Forces Last week, the Associated Press reported some daunting statistics : In the first 155 days of this year, there were 154 suicides among active troops in the US military. Veterans are killing themselves at the rate of one every 80 minutes, for a total greater than the combat deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq combined. The Pentagon has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to find out why. Are ten years of multiple deployments taking a tragic toll? Is it the warrior culture? We talk with the widow of a veteran who took his own life and others who are looking for answers. National Suicide Prevention Hotline : offers 24/7 free and confidential, nationwide network of crisis centers. Veterans can press 1 with confidentiality and privacy 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) or www.SuicidePreventionLifeline.org Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors : 800-959-TAPS (800-959-8277) or taps.org
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?