The Psychiatric Illness Prevention Program

The Psychiatric Illness Prevention Program



To: President George W. Bush

From: Frank Paul Gambino

Date: 11 August 2008

Problem:  There is an enormously high suicide rate among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans after returning home.


Veterans are killing themselves


Over 100 veterans are committing suicide in American a day that is over 6,500 veterans per year.  The veteran suicide rate is not a new thing, it was found in a study in 2007 that veterans who served between  about 1914 and 1994 were twice as likely to commit suicide, own guns and use them on themselves.  But why is the numbers so alarming now?

A woman asked me how would, I react if I saw a friend get killed?  This is what young Americans face overseas in the Middle East today on a regular basis without understanding why they are there in the first place.  We have to wonder how the numbers went from 18 per day to 126 per day in a few short years.

Even after serving in Vietnam the suicide rate was only 1.7 percent higher for Vietnam veterans than non Vietnam veterans.  So why is the suicide rate so high now?

As sad as it might sound I will tell you the sad truth the answer is DRUGS, during the Vietnam War the enemy gave our troops dope, plain and simple.  Now we have young men facing death on a daily basis and cannot even drink a beer.  The morale is poor our troops begged for better entertainment to deaf ears.  When I was in the Army our motto was “Work hard and play hard.” These men are all work and no play and it is killing them even off of the battle field because it is too much to bear.

In Vietnam those guys were made numb; these kids are feeling every moment they spend in Iraq and Afghanistan.  



I think the first preventative measure is that they give these troops prescribed drugs, without diagnosing them as mentally ill on occasion in the rear a week or two at a time.  One of the problems as I see it is that they feel what they are going through 24/7 they need down time and alcohol is a part of the military experience.  They are being deprived of this because they are in an Islamic Country among people who are not all there to start with.  They commit suicide in the name of their god. Who knows maybe the Muslims need a taste of their own medicine.  (Heroin)  They grow that shit in Afghanistan and we support it.

I think you need to address the Congress ASAP and request additional funds to address the suicide rate among these veterans which until now was unknown to America.  It could be their conscience due to the fact that they never stop feeling the pain of war during the duration of their tour.  It may sound unethical but they need to be sedated ASAP under psychological and psychiatric supervision or they will not be any good to anyone in matter of time and the suicide rate is proof of this.  We are killing our troops through bad policy, forcing Islamic traditions upon them as they are used as hired killers for the same exact people.  They have damn nerves!  YOU KNOW IT AIN’T RIGHT!  

This is only a first step.  The United States Military and the United Service Organization need to call on Hollywood to support the troops with professional high quality entertainment.  Because of the hard times in the music industry these entertainers should be paid a fair wage, through logical support by the military in support of their tours that will be both civilian concurrently with the USO.  What I am trying to accomplish with Janet’s Rock Wit Chu t Tour is the template to how this should be done.

There are 155,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and 33,000 in Afghanistan now:

“The Pentagon has alerted nearly 40,000 active duty and National Guard soldiers that they will be deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan starting this fall, in a sign that it expects hard fighting to continue on both fronts in what Pentagon officials call ‘the long war.”

This comes out to about 210,000 troops in full time war.  The mistake we are making is we are forcing our troops to fight a full time war over a long duration of time.  I say if necessary make it 250,000 if it means putting them in part time role.  Part time fighting will make them more effective in the long run and make them more stable when they come home.

I prefer to keep the 200,000 in the station of war and keep 100,000 out of it, this would mean 9 month in the war and 3 months on R&R and training to maintain awareness. It could be done in a 3 to 1 duration; using two relief crews of 50,000 each doing 3 months on and 3 months off, twice per year.

So I am calling on a larger escalation if there must be one, but creating a friendlier environment for our troops.  Let them go to Europe and Hawaii for R&R and the rear for burnout treatment prevention code for sedation.


To: Janet

From: Paul

RE: Explanation you deserve

Date: 11 August 2008

Historically my unit the 3rd Infantry Division carries the burden of war.  They need to share the burden across the board and give these men a break in-between or they need to leave.

 Troop Morale Hit’s Rock Bottom in Iraq!


A tour of duty with no end in sight


As new US troops flowed into Iraq, others already in the region for several months, such as the 20,000-strong 3rd Infantry Division were retained in Iraq.

Security threats, heat, harsh living conditions, and, for some soldiers, waiting and boredom have gradually eroded spirits. An estimated 9,000 troops from the 3rd Infantry Division – most deployed for at least six months and some for more than a year – have been waiting for several weeks, without a mission, to return to the United States, officers say.

In one Army unit, an officer described the mentality of troops. “They vent to anyone who will listen. They write letters, they cry, they yell. Many of them walk around looking visibly tired and depressed…. We feel like pawns in a game that we have no voice [in].”

Frank Paul Gambino

PS: The other option is to leave!




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