Veterans Deaths Surge after Service
The residents of Austin, Texas have grown accustomed to sad new from Killeen and Fort Hood. Soldiers returning from their tours of duty physically unharmed have been harmed in other psychological ways. Soldiers exhibit risky behavior, doing things they would never have done otherwise. Soldiers have committed suicide. They have died in motor vehicle accidents. They have crashed their motorcycles, died in shootings, and even been struck by trains while taking chances trying to beat them to crossing gates.
As reported in The New York Times, the high rate of suicides remains a major issue for the military. But Iraq and Afghanistan veterans not only die in large numbers from suicide, but from motorcycle crashes, motor vehicle accidents, drug overdoses, shootings, train accidents, etc. In California 35 veterans died after their deployments in a three-year period between 2005 and 2008. That number is three times higher than the number of soldiers from California who died in Afghanistan and Iraq over that same period of time.
Veterans are returning home only to engage in risky, destructive, and unfortunately, too often deadly behaviors. Psychologists say risky behavior is one of the classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In an incident close to home, a Fort Hood soldier who had deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and in support of Operation New Dawn was racing his motorcycle on Stan Schlueter with another motorcyclist. The other motorcyclist stopped when police arrived, but he continued at a high rate of speed. His motorcycle crashed into the driver’s side of a Pontiac Grand Prix, and he was thrown from his bike landing on the other side of the car. The Fort Hood soldier was pronounced dead on the scene.
As a veteran, what you are going through after your experiences is unimaginable, but your actions now can have additional life-altering effects. Your safety on a motorcycle, however, is not always within your control.
Motorcycle accident lawyer Ray King understands that nothing can return your life to normal after an injury-causing motorcycle accident. But at the Ray King law firm we have been helping those injured receive the compensation they deserve if their crash was due to another’s negligence. Call (512) 514-6633 for a free consultation regarding your case.