Over 100,000 US Vietnam Vet Suicides To Date!
This list tells it all. These statistics could change many hearts.
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We, the U.S. have lost over 158,000 American lives to the Vietnam war and that count is still rising.
Approx 58,000 in Vietnam. 100,000 or more to suicide and most of those occurred after the men came home.
This accurate accounting gives us persepective on the cost of current and future wars.
Fallen Leaves, Broken Lives
By Edward Tick
January-February 2005 Issue
CASUALTIES OF THE VIETNAM WAR
THERE ARE MORE THAN 58,000 NAMES OF AMERICAN DEAD ON THE WALL IN WASHINGTON, D.C., BUT THE TOTAL COSTS ARE STILL BEING TALLIED.
est. 1970 pop. 41 million
Killed in Action
Missing in Action
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
1 million (Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia)
Lost at Sea
Disabled Street People
New Agent Orange Deformities
Peacetime Deaths Due to Unexploded Bombs & Mines
50,000+ (Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia)
Maimed by Bombs and Mines (1975-98)
400,000 in 100 camps
* includes U.S: 74,000 quadriplegics and multiple amputees
THE VIETNAMESE LAND
Total Herbicides Used
19.4 million gallons
Agent Orange Sprayed
11.7 million gallons
Mangrove Forest Destroyed
Forest & Jungle Destroyed
Cultivated Land Destroyed
8 billion+ pounds (4 times more than WWII total; equal to 600 Hiroshima-size bombs)
23 million bomb craters
2,257 U.S. aircraft lost
Over 4,000 of total 5,778 villages bombed, 150 completely destroyed
10 million cubic meters of dikes
815 hydroelectric works
1,100 lake embankments
48 agricultural research centers with 6,000 agricultural machines and 46,000 water buffalo
18 power stations
2,923 high schools and universities
1,500 maternity hospitals
240,540 thatched huts
TOTAL COST TO THE UNITED STATES:
Edward Tick collected these statistics by searching history books, newspapers, and archives, and interviewing survivors and scholars throughout the United States and Southeast Asia. Following is a partial list of his sources. In the United States: Disabled American Veterans; The New York Times; Hell, Healing and Resistance by Daniel Hallock; The Vietnam War: A History in Documents, by Young, Fitzgerald & Grunfel; Webster's New World Dictionary of the Vietnam War. In Viet Nam: Army Museum, Ha Noi; Hong Ngoc (Rosy Jade) Humanity Center, Sao Do; Research Center for Gender, Family, and Environment in Development, Ha Noi; Women's Museum, Ha Noi; War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City.
EDWARD TICK (left) is director and senior psychotherapist of the Sanctuary: A Center for Mentoring the Soul in Albany, New York (http://www.mentorthesoul.com/). He is known for his groundbreaking work with Viet Nam veterans -- as well as veterans of World War II, Korea, El Salvador, Lebanon, the first Gulf War, and the present war in Iraq -- suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The author of The Practice of Dream Healing (Quest, 2001), he has two books forthcoming this year: The Golden Tortoise: Viet Nam Journeys (Red Hen, April 2005) and War and the Soul (Quest, November 2005).
Tick recently presented his work at the Bioneers Conference, an annual gathering of those who seek "visionary & practical solutions for restoring the earth and people" in Marin, California. To read about the work of other Bioneers, go to http://www.utne.com/bioneers/.