The Tragic Suicide of 1st Sgt. Jeff McKinney

Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. was Director of Mental Help Net from 1999 to 2011. Dr. Dombeck received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1995 ...Read More

If individual soldiers cannot self-identify as vulnerable when they are truly vulnerable and in need of care, who can possibly look out for them? Only their own peers, I think. Those people around them who do not need, for institutional reasons, to view them as an expendable resource. McKinney was a leader of men – not, I gather someone exactly surrounded by same-rank peers. It doesn’t sound like there were a lot of people at his level around him who could look out for him the way he was trying to look out for those he commanded.

This story just really touched me. Both for the loss this man and his family have sustained, and for the thousands of identical men and women soldiers with similar stories which have not been reported on which are happening right now. I feel so angry when I think about this stuff, and so impotent to do anything meaningful to stop it. Fellow Americans, let us please do what we can to end this unnecessary and tragic war as soon as is possible. Let us please do what we can to support policy that will in turn support our traumatized and broken veterans and their families.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like this will be possible until next November when the coming presidential election takes place.

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