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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