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Mike Huckabee Talks With an Afghanistan War Veteran Who Considered Suicide (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 30th 2010 7:25AM
Mike Huckabee Talks With an Afghanistan War Veteran Who Considered SuicideFormer Army Ranger captain Nate Self is a highly-decorated war hero. He has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo. But even the knowledge of his own heroism wasn't enough to prevent Nate from wanting to kill himself. On 'The Huckabee Show' (weekends, 8PM ET on Fox News), Self described a mission in Afghanistan which traumatized him such an extent that he wanted to die.

Captain Self was sent to rescue a missing-in-action Navy SEAL. In the course of this operation, Nate ended up fighting against enemy soldiers from before dawn until after dusk. Eventually, he located the SEAL -- but the man was already dead. Still, Ranger Self brought the SEAL's body back. However, Nate lost six of his own men in the course of the operation.

As a result of this emotional pain, Nate acquired PTSD -- post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that is common among soldiers: it is caused by witnessing death or injury first-hand. And Ranger Nate Self's PTSD led him to contemplate suicide.

Nate was utterly honest when discussing his illness with host Mike Huckabee. "So you seriously contemplated taking your own life?" Huckabee said.

"I did," Captain Self replied. "And that's hard to say -- but I say it because I know there are so many others ... across America that are dealing with [PTSD] right now." Nate said that it was only the presence of his wife and his children that kept him from killing himself.

Also appearing on the show was General Robert Dees, who described the current epidemic of PTSD. Dees said that there are at least 100,000 untreated cases of the disease -- and then "millions" more cases that are being treated. As a result of post-traumatic stress disorder, five U.S. soldiers attempt suicide each and every day.

Nate Self was lucky to avoid suicide, and he did so with the help of his family. But Captain Self said that he fears for single soldiers who have no such support group. General Dees stated that PTSD levels have reached an all-time high. "We've got to do something about it," he added.

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Suzanne

NGO shot down 8/22/2002 outside Kandahar while trying to Build Schools and Clinics. Australian Pilot dies, British Security Coord takes 4-5 rounds AK-47, female Construction Engineer takes 4 AK-47. Military suplies veteran PTSD Medical Support, however, there are no PTSD Psychiatrist learned in War Fare tragedies to help those Non Government Organization employees who find themselves suffering from PTSD as a result from witnessing/surviving such horrible War Time attacks. I have suffered in silence, many nights wandering why I survived & others did not, wondering with all the pain I am suffering with would I have just been better off dead, wondering with the financial difficulties resulting in the fact I can no longer work in my chosen profession would my family have been better off had I just died out there that unforgettable day. Wonder if this news writer would be interested in interviewing a survivor suffering from PTSD from which there is no support. Knowing there are hundreds out there like me who's story never hits the news because we are not MILITARY casualties. We suffer non the less and with no 'War Hero' status, just the passing thought that at one time we thought we were going to help a struggling nation by the gift of our talents and hard work. I loved my work, I loved the Afghanistan people, they were so very dedicated to trying to rebuild their war torn nation for a brighter tomorrow for their children. They had the same desires and dreams for their chidren as we do, yes even for the girls. We were building schools for the girls as well who were being encouraged and escorted by their fathers to school. Wonder if anyone out there would be interested in a heart filled story like this one? The public has no idea what our young military women and men suffer through in their day to day attempt to bring safety and support change. That same public is clueless to the thousands of same men and women who put their lives on the line daily to bring on that change. We die by the hundreds, silently, unsong heores, with no support back home, no banners, no 'homes being bult for us because we have lost limbs', no ticker parade from hometown folks, no we just melt into non existance, many commiting suicide, most drowning themselves in a bottle. I chose to use my hands I hve left to write, to try to see if I can make anyone out there care enough to support us, to recognize us. That would be a big step. I know, many who read this will say 'hey, you went over there for the big money, so shut up about being hurt', those same who will say this would also think 'hey, you Military knew what you were gertting into when you joined up, so shut up about getting hurt'. Well, I hope and pray those who thinks this way never find themselves overrun by a hostile foreighn nation who slaugters their family and enslves them then destorys their infrastructure. Who will help us? Who will fight the fight? Who will rebuild? CrazyHorse

September 23 2011 at 12:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
((( HiRoader )))

Our armed forces have done their job and are not supposed to be used for "nation building"... Those capitalist U.S. military trying to create " rescuer" status while the oil flows and their common people struggle., While others grow richer...

September 01 2010 at 2:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mark


huckabee wants to rewrite the bill of rights to reflect the 10 commandments....guess we'll have our own version of sharia law...

August 30 2010 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tmharel

SEMPER FI--BUDDY ! ---As a "FORMER MARINE" (and VIETNAM VETERAN) myself I can say with CONVICTION, that you are FULL OF IT !----------HOW DARE YOU DISHONOR and DISRESPECT the ARMY "AND" the "UNITED STATES MARINE CORP" ! !

August 30 2010 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RONIN

Why is it that it's the army that has all these ptsd soldiers? Why is it that we never or rarely ever of marines with ptsd? Know why? Training! especially recon marine training. example, Marines were in Somolia before army rangers. Marines got the job done. Some time later rangers landid. Hollywood didn't make a movie about marines in somolia. No. They made a movie "blackhawkdown" about army rangers getting the're ass kicked. go figure.

August 30 2010 at 9:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tmharel

When you've had it for 40 years or more it just becomes like a NORMAL part of your living. You RATIONALIZE it because it all happened in the service of your country and/ or something GOOD had to come out of it.------------ Nothing can make it go away but there are MANY WAYS of TRYING.

August 30 2010 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
debi

it always makes me sad that men---maybe more so than women, have some sort of thing about going off to war in a blaze of glory, coming back heros....you can not go to war and see what you see, and expect to ever be the same.....unless your charles manson or someone like that.....why after all these years are they not better prepared mentally, emotionally for what is about to happen TO them for the rest of their lives? war is not a vidio game......

August 30 2010 at 9:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tmharel

Debi--You are exactly right except that most men go to war from a sense of DUTY to protect their way of life and the things they love------Please don't ever forget the HEROES who gathered at the steps of Washington, in the 70s, and threw their symbols of HONOR and GLORY BACK at NIXON when they discovered that the VIETNAM WAR was a HOAX.

August 30 2010 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
whitebirds1968

Debi, you are correct, however as a Viet Nam war vet with combat experience I think this PTSD thing is being exploited for money. There are a few individuals that have experiences they cannot deal with in the civilian after life, but not near as many as are claiming it. If we had the same proportion of WWII and Korean War vets claiming PTSD, think what the cost would be.

August 30 2010 at 12:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
paul

People watch huckabee? now that would be a show many would like to see people who watch huckabee LOL!

August 30 2010 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brad

I blame Bush for his war and what it has done to people. In Superior, Wisconsin two weeks ago, a returned vet from Iraq lost it and killed his pregnant wife (who was to deliver the next day, his thirteen-month-old daughter, his three dogs and himself. Another casualty of the Bush war. These people have real innocent blood on their hands.

August 30 2010 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jommert

Kate Goslin doesn't give up! She looks fantastic here: http://cl.lk/kate_goslin at her last Ieaked video! So pretty chick)

August 30 2010 at 8:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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