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Posted by Greylyn58 in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Apr 07th 2009, 10:56 AM
By MARK THOMPSON Thursday, Apr. 02, 2009

When Army Staff Sergeant Amanda Henderson ran into Staff Sergeant Larry Flores in their Texas recruiting station last August, she was shocked by the dark circles under his eyes and his ragged appearance. "Are you O.K.?" she asked the normally squared-away soldier. "Sergeant Henderson, I am just really tired," he replied. "I had such a bad, long week, it was ridiculous." The previous Saturday, Flores' commanders had berated him for poor performance. He had worked every day since from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., trying to persuade the youth of Nacogdoches to wear Army green. "But I'm O.K.," he told her.

No, he wasn't. Later that night, Flores hanged himself in his garage with an extension cord. Henderson and her husband Patrick, both Army recruiters, were stunned. "I'll never forget sitting there at Sergeant Flores' memorial service with my husband and seeing his wife crying," Amanda recalls. "I remember looking over at Patrick and going, 'Why did he do this to her? Why did he do this to his children?' " Patrick didn't say anything, and Amanda now says Flores' suicide "triggered" something in her husband. Six weeks later, Patrick hanged himself with a dog chain in their backyard shed.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now the longest waged by an all-volunteer force in U.S. history. Even as soldiers rotate back into the field for multiple and extended tours, the Army requires a constant supply of new recruits. But the patriotic fervor that led so many to sign up after 9/11 is now eight years past. That leaves recruiters with perhaps the toughest, if not the most dangerous, job in the Army. Last year alone, the number of recruiters who killed themselves was triple the overall Army rate. Like post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, recruiter suicides are a hidden cost of the nation's wars.


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This story just shows one more reason we need to get the "HELL OUT" of both Iraq and Afghanistan. As the daughter of a former 30 yr Marine Vet, I feel for the soldiers and their families. They are being abused in every way possible-- multiple tours of duty, no help for the families or for the returning soldiers, whether physically or mentally wounded, and the families of soldiers killed in action aren't being told the truth about their deaths...the list just goes on and on. Now here is this story about what is happening to the ones here in the US doing the recruiting.

Stories have been leaking out over the last 6 years about some of the underhanded recruiting tactics being employed, but nothing has been said about the men and women doing the recruiting until now. This is just one more reason we need to end this damnable war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Damn Bush and all those involved for keeping this freakin mess going!! I don't care who they are, what side they were/or are on, in the end we are all paying for this horror. Every one of us.

God help us!!!
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