Yesterday, the media went into a frenzy after they intentionally misled people with headlines and stories about how Donald Trump answered a question about veterans dealing with PTSD and suicide. Although I do not support Trump at all, I thought he did a decent job answering the question as he acknowledged that war is a terrible thing and those who go through it are often deeply scarred.
So how should we deal with the problem of soldiers returning from war and experiencing PTSD, mental issues, and suicidal tendencies? How much money should the government spend on programs to help these people deal with the trauma and then reincorporate them back into society?
There is probably no amount of money that could solve the problem. Why is that? It is because treating the mental issues that result from the horrors of war only addresses the symptoms of the problem.
The root cause of the problem is that men and women are even sent to these wars in the first place. Are these wars worth the price of the suicides of 20 veterans each day (not to mention all of the soldiers that died fighting) especially considering the justification to go to war wasn’t there to begin with?
If you truly believe that veteran suicides and PTSD are a problem, then you have to seriously consider that the United States (or any other country) should stop going to war. Or at least consider that the country should go to war much less frequently and for much better reasons.
Violence has negative consequences for all parties involved. Even if you “win” the confrontation, the victory often comes with physical, emotional, and mental tolls. Violence should only be used as an absolute last resort if at all.