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    Military Suicide Rate Surges To Nearly One Per Day This Year

    Suicides are surging among America's troops, averaging nearly one a day this year – the fastest pace in the nation's decade of war.The 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of the year far outdistance the U.S. forces killed in action in Afghanistan – about 50 percent more – according to Pentagon statistics obtained by The Associated Press.The numbers reflect a military burdened with wartime demands from Iraq and Afghanistan that have taken a greater toll than foreseen a decade ago. The military also is struggling with increased sexual assaults, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and other misbehavior.Because suicides had leveled off in 2010 and 2011, this year's upswing has caught some officials by surprise.The reasons for the increase are not fully understood. Among explanations, studies have pointed to combat exposure, post-traumatic stress, misuse of prescription medications and personal financial problems. Army data suggest soldiers with multiple combat tours are at greater risk of committing suicide, although a substantial proportion of Army suicides are committed by soldiers who never deployed.


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    War is truly hell. Its hell for many when they still come home. Stupid pointless wars should not happen and this is just an effect of war. Its sad. God bless them all.

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    Re: Military Suicide Rate Surges To Nearly One Per Day This Year

    I was for going into Iraq and Afghan but I never agreed with nation building. Go in, kill the right people, break the right things then leave as fast as you arrived. This is a huge mess, we evidently learned nothing from Nam.

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    Re: Military Suicide Rate Surges To Nearly One Per Day This Year

    happened to a good friend of mine when he returned home a couple years ago. it sucks.

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    Re: Military Suicide Rate Surges To Nearly One Per Day This Year

    Further solidifying my position that there's no such thing as winning a war.
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    Re: Military Suicide Rate Surges To Nearly One Per Day This Year

    First, let me say that suicide is a horrible means to an end, and we should be doing whatever we can to help prevent suicide in any situation.

    That said, some numbers:

    Using 2007 numbers (quickest available data), we had a population of 301,621,157 total citizens. Of that number, we had 34,598 people who died due to suicide attempts. That equates to a .0115% rate.

    Using the article's numbers and extrapolating to assume we finish 2012 with 1 death per day, we'll have 365 deaths among roughly 2,915,362 active service members. That equates to a .01251% rate.

    Please note: the 2.9+ million military population is active service members. It may not included retired/discharged/or recent new admissions. It was as close as I could get doing a quick search.

    That said, the rates are pretty close to one another. There is a slightly higher rate within the military population than within the general population, but not much. Of course, the current general population rate may vary slightly from the numbers I've gathered. I could not find suicide data for the general population beyond 2007 doing a few quick searches.
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    Re: Military Suicide Rate Surges To Nearly One Per Day This Year

    Too many tours this is such a shame...I cant describe how I feel...the pentagon needs to leave no stone unturned in finding the cause of this surge...

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    Re: Military Suicide Rate Surges To Nearly One Per Day This Year

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    War is truly hell. Its hell for many when they still come home. Stupid pointless wars should not happen and this is just an effect of war. Its sad. God bless them all.

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    This really blew me away in the article:

    "Suicide totals have exceeded U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan in earlier periods, including for the full years 2008 and 2009."

    Why are we still there?
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    Re: Military Suicide Rate Surges To Nearly One Per Day This Year

    US military suicide rate nearly twice national average

    "Prior to 2001, the suicide rate in the US military was lower than that for the general US population; now, it is nearly double the national average."


    "The US Department of Veteran Affairs calculates that over 6,000 former service personnel commit suicide every year."

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    Re: Military Suicide Rate Surges To Nearly One Per Day This Year

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    US military suicide rate nearly twice national average

    "Prior to 2001, the suicide rate in the US military was lower than that for the general US population; now, it is nearly double the national average."


    "The US Department of Veteran Affairs calculates that over 6,000 former service personnel commit suicide every year."

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    That's about right, using 2010 counts for veterns. The rate is about .02752 % using the 6,000 per year number.

    So the rate among veterans is double the general population average, but the rate for active duty is relatively close to that of the general population.

    Without more data I'd say our problem seems to lie in post-discharge failures in care and accessibility of mental health services.
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    Re: Military Suicide Rate Surges To Nearly One Per Day This Year

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    War is truly hell. Its hell for many when they still come home. Stupid pointless wars should not happen and this is just an effect of war. Its sad. God bless them all.

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    I think Bush and Cheney should be brought up on charges more for how they've treated our military servicemen than what they allowed to terrorist detainees.
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