Dedicated to memorializing Veterans who have taken their own lives, to gather their names and offer the stories for others, to offer links to Veteran organizations, and to provide information about the book Suicide Wall by Alexander Paul. At this site, you can view names of veterans registered on this Suicide Wall of the Internet.
Estimates vary on the number of Vietnam veterans who have committed suicide, the definition of suicide can be ambiguous, and there is no other reporting method that we know. Estimates range from 20,000 to 200,000 suicides. Please click on Suicide Statistics for further information.
THE PROPOSED WALL
The concept of a second Vietnam memorial, an actual white marble wall in Washington D.C. comes from the novel Suicide Wall by Alexander Paul. This second memorial was originally conceived as a way to warn future generations against fighting a war in the same as we fought in Vietnam in which soldiers were repeatedly sent into combat for long periods of time without any concern for symptoms of “battle fatigue” and “shell shock”. This novel was written before the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to try and prevent exactly what has occurred in these two conflicts, with soldiers being deployed for very long periods of time and being repeatedly sent into combat, which has sadly led to more suicides just as it did in Vietnam.
The online memorial has therefore been expanded in this revised and expanded version of the Suicide Wall of the Internet in the hopes that by memorializing the stories of this new generation of fallen warriors it will help our country rethink the manner in which it fights its wars, and warn it to pick its battles carefully so that we don’t get mired in endless conflicts that don’t have a clear exit strategy.
This site will serve as the electronic equivalent of the proposed Suicide Wall. Its purpose is to promote awareness of this issue and to encourage healing. It provides a system for the online registration of the names of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans who killed themselves during or after the war, to determine how many there were, to memorialize their loss, and to resolve that the United States of America will never again risk the lives of its soldiers in a war unless it is willing to prosecute that war with full resolve (See United States Resolution).