now today's shocker: suicides in July hit an all-time high for any year in memory, 38, more than one per day. "The Army suicide pace this year is surpassing last year, particularly among active-duty soldiers where there is a 22% increase — 116 deaths so far this year vs. 95 during the same seven months last year, according to Army data." And that's just one branch of the military.
Then there are the countless unsuccessful suicide attempts and others not yet confirmed--and then there are the vets....a reported 18 suicides per day.
Suicides have increased across the military, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress last month. He said service members of all branches are killing themselves at the rate of about one per day. "That is an epidemic,'" he testified. "Something's wrong." I've written about this issue for ten years now -- here's just one case, involving a female soldier who refused to take part in torture. Ten years of suicides, and counting.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Army Suicide Rate Hits High
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