Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Iraq War veteran committed suicide after emergency hotline went to voicemail

The US Department of Veterans Affairs continues to face intense scrutiny over its failures to provide timely aid, as a congressional hearing revealed a veteran committed suicide after his call to the emergency hotline went unanswered and to voicemail.
The revelation came during a hearing a subcommittee hearing on Veterans Affairs (VA) appropriations. According to the Daily Caller, the incident dates back to July 2015, when Iraq War veteran Thomas Young of Illinois called the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) seeking help.
After returning from Iraq in 2004 and being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, the 30-year-old tried to seek help for his problems with alcohol abuse at a local VA hospital. However, he was denied since he wasn’t suicidal. He tried calling the Crisis Line on July 22 or 23, according to his brother, but only got voicemail. On July 23, Young laid down on train tracks near Chicago and was hit by a Metra train.
One day after Young was killed, the VA’s office returned his call and rang his phone.

A few years ago I called the national suicide hot line.

First question they asked me was >> Have you thought of committing suicide lately.
I answered >> well yes, that is why I am calling you. 

Second question was >> do you have insurance?

I hung up.


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