And as suicides among active personnel and veterans increase, even that one beneficial variable may diminish. After going through his own battle with the military hierarchy and helping countless others do the same, Pogany says that more suicides will occur if the military has no other plan than to medicate away the problems of troops like Lucey.
"What I have dealt with and what I encounter on a regular basis is professional arrogance," says Pogany, "and people are dying on a regular basis for professional arrogance because they are refused help."
Jason Notte is a freelance writer from Roxbury. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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