Although many are trying to cover up the real figures and problems of the soldiers who left Afghanistan and Iraq, the truth is nevertheless coming out. We are getting alarming figures of about 1,000 suicide attempts per month among the veterans instead of reported 790 per year. A suicide epidemic is being denied although this is what it could actually be happening.

Medical facilities are treating soldiers who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq among which many came back with an extra burden of brain injury and psychic anguish.

Such figures cannot and should not be denied or hidden. The worrying fact is that the medical toll of a war rises in a swelling curve for many decades after the shooting stops. The suicide figures also include the veterans from Vietnam. Such long suffering must not be covered up.

A study done to identify the consequences of army and war service found that about one in five service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, or about 300,000, have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression. About 19% reported having a possible traumatic brain injury from these bomb-afflicted wars.

However, only half of the reported figures go out and seek treatment and yet they have to deal with severe delays and shortfalls in getting care. More money for mental health services, improvement in treatment, more aggressive preventive measures, more efficiency and closer tracking of suicides is needed for the veterans and their families in order to repay these men and women for the commitment and service they had provided over the years fighting in foreign countries.