I’ve recently been re-reading Chuck Dean’s outstanding book Nam Vet. I think some facts are worth sharing:
- Since 1975, nearly three times as many Vietnam veterans have committed suicide than were killed in the war.
- Fifty-eight-thousand-plus Americans died in the Vietnam War. Over 150,000 have committed suicide since the war ended.
- The suicide rate among veterans who have completed the local VA program is estimated at 2.5 per hundred.
- The national accidental death and suicide rate is fourteen thousand men per year—33 percent above the national average.
- Of those veterans who were married before going to Vietnam, 38 percent were divorced within six months after returning from Southeast Asia.
- The divorce rate amongst Vietnam veterans is above 90 percent.
- Five-hundred thousand Vietnam veterans have been arrested or incarcerated by the law. It is estimated that there are 100,000 Vietnam vets in prison today, and 200,000 on parole.
- Drug-and-alcohol abuse problems range between 50 percent and 75 percent.
- Forty percent of Vietnam veterans are unemployed and 25 percent earn less than seven thousand dollars per year.
Chuck Dean has been instrumental in Point Man International. (800) 877-VETS (8387)
Point Man is a spiritually based veterans-for-veterans support organization. Visit
http://www.pmim.org for more info. They provide free resources for veterans of all wars.
I am praying that our new generation of combat veterans can avoid such horrendous statistics. They have support sytems in place that were unheard of for Vietnam veterans and their families. My goal as an information provider is to lead them to resources they may be unaware of. Let us hope they will truly take advantage of them.