If our vets came home completely healthy; 100% healthy, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually; there'd be no reason for vet services. As things stand now however, the most anyone hopes for is physical wellness. Having all your limbs, and digits, hearing and eyesight is admittedly of paramount importance. But since the true number of casualties of our servicemen doesn't include the deaths by suicide of vets returned from active duty, we are inaccurately representing the deaths occurring as a direct result of being a member of the military engaged in active warfare. There are at least 3 times as many deaths by suicide of veterans returned from combat than those actually killed IN combat. I would like to know what the military, veterans affairs, federal state and local elected officials are prepared to do about it. During basic training new soldiers are subjected to what amounts to rewiring that enables them to kill another human being. An act that is entirely unnatural in most people. They systematically, (and believe me LOTS of $ and time and effort was spent finding effective ways of reprogramming them), tore them down, mentally and emotionally and built them back up again making them not only capable of taking lives but only too happy to do it. That's the making of a soldier. Remove or mutate a basic necessary part of their humanity and twist it until what they KNOW to be right is exactly wrong. So what happens at the end of their tour? Are they treated to aftercare that attempts to reverse the changes training and combat made in them? Or are they left to flounder in their guilt and grief and anger, unable to reconnect with their loved ones, becoming hopeless and choosing to end it because they see no way through it. In my opinion, our enormous military complex should have recognized by now that vets returning from combat, trying to re-assimilate themselves have been unsuccessful on some level more often than not. But hey, the soldier is discharged. Not their problem. The rate of suicide and other serious problems in this part of our society requires attention and attempts to find solutions. Well, here's one. When they return from overseas, give them at least the same amount of time and effort given to turning them into killers and undo the mindf@ck that irrevocably changed them. The length of aftercare of returning soldiers should be at least as long as basic training during which time every tool known to man should be employed to psychologically and emotionally return them to health as much as would be given to return them to a state of physical health. This 'debriefing' period should occur immediately upon return to the states prior to being reunited with their families. It should become the norm for returning soldiers. It should be expected as one would expect to have to go thru basic training upon signing up. The military has a responsibility to undo the damage they have done to these men's psyches. Of course the changes to the psyche is necessary for men at war. But it's not required, in fact a it's a disservice to the soldier, their families, and society as a whole to leave them in a psychological state of combat readiness in the everyday lives they have to live upon return. This is not the job of Veterans Affairs. It's the responsibility of the branch of service they signed with. You can't ignore the heartbreaking fact that we are losing more soldiers to suicide than we are to actual combat. I challenge anyone with power or money or both to make this an issue that receives nationwide attention and then to use that attention to pressure the right people to do something about it.