A sad loss for the US Army and her Veterans.
Dr. Pete Linnerooth touched many people’s lives.
He did his best, each and every day, to care for those who needed his help.
He did it at what ultimately became a terrible personal cost to him and his family.
He shares something in common with many other Soldiers who did their best each day during tremendously challenging times. Each only wanted to take care of the Soldier on their left and right, performing their duty to the best of their ability, fighting back fear of failure, injury, or death, all the while wishing they were home but never leaving their post.
I don’t want that to sound trite.
I had the privilege of serving alongside the outstanding Soldiers and Family Members in my battalion as part of the Dagger Brigade. I will always be in awe of those men and women. My service with them…
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The military loves to conduct after-action reports, hoping that whatever problems arose during an operation or exercise can be studied and prevented the next time. (The Army even has an outfit that calls itself the Center for Army Lessons Learned.)
So why should the scourge of suicide be any different? The Pentagon recently released its annual report on suicides. After it did, I posted about the history of psychological autopsies and the evolution of the Army Suicide Event report into the DoD Suicide Event report.
Let’s conduct our own AAR on the report to see what lessons can be gleaned:
Finding: Service Members most frequently used firearms to end their lives (60% for all firearms, 49% for non-military issue firearms), or hanging (20%).
Implication: the current discussion about gun violence is highly relevant for suicide prevention.
Finding: most Service Members did not communicate their potential for…
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An excelent post about the surge in military suicide. The numbers are staggering, even more so when you realise they do not include the number of veterans who commit suicide every day. Something has to be done. The stigma against getting help has to be changed. Even one suicide is too many.
The number of suicides in the ranks of the U.S. military has more than doubled since 9/11.
According to data released unofficially by the Pentagon on Monday, there were 349 suicides in the U.S. military in 2012, nearly one a day. That’s 118% more than 2001’s 160 suicides, and marks the Pentagon’s highest annual self-inflicted death toll ever.
Three-hundred-and-ten U.S. troops died in Afghanistan in 2012.
One perished in Iraq.
Three-hundred-and-forty-nine died at their own hands, a Pentagon official said Monday.
Seems only fitting. After all, there was a surge of U.S. troops into Iraq in 2007, followed by a surge into Afghanistan in 2010. So a surge in suicides – from 301 in 2011 to 349 last year, a 16% increase – follows a pattern.
We’ve tried making sense of the U.S. military’s suicide scourge since it began spiking…
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