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U.S. Army Suicides Reached Record Monthly High in July


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Dee
- 764 days ago - news.yahoo.com
Twenty-six active-duty soldiers are believed to have committed suicide in July, more than double the number reported for June and the most suicides ever recorded in a month since the U.S. Army began tracking detailed statistics on such deaths.



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Dee C. (214)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 6:26 pm
During the first seven months of this year, there were 116 suspected suicides among active-duty soldiers, compared to 165 suicides for all of last year, the Army said. The military branch reported 12 likely suicides during June.

The monthly totals for 2012 include confirmed suicides and cases still under investigation, the Army said.

Twelve reserve soldiers who were not on active duty also appear to have killed themselves in July, bringing the yearly total for that group to 71 suicides.

The Army, which has collected in-depth monthly suicide data since January 2009, confirmed 118 suicides among members of the branch's National Guard and Reserve components in 2011.

"Suicide is the toughest enemy I have faced in my 37 years in the Army," General Lloyd J. Austin III, vice chief of staff of the Army, said in the report released on Thursday.

"To combat it effectively will require sophisticated solutions aimed at helping individuals to build resiliency and strengthen their life coping skills," he said.

The uptick in the number of service members and veterans taking their own lives continues to trouble military leaders.

Read more at site..
 

Cher C. (1471)
Saturday August 18, 2012, 6:44 pm


Thnx sweetie!

 

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 12:58 am
R.I.P. all suicided army members!
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (384)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 4:16 am
Read and noted. It's worrying, but I wonder if the relative number of suicides is higher than those in other communities.
 

Sandra Penna (90)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 4:43 am
read and noticed. that's very sad, but understandable. RIP, soldiers!
 

John Gregoire (255)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 6:48 am
We've spoken to this before when the majority were young kids perhaps befuddled by the demands of the militray. Not so anymore as most of this latest group were more senior. So why????

I would suggest that the blame lay squarely at the feet of the CinC. We are still not "out" of Iraq or Afghanistan and our people continue to get killed by people who don't want us there!
mr Obama, do something decent and bring the troops, combat, support, advisers, embassy protection, etc, HOME NOW!!
 

Pauli Kesalainen (0)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 7:24 am
En ihmettele itsemurhien määrää armeijoissa missäänpäin maailmaa, Se on sairas yhteisö jossa nuoriltamiehiltä pakolla poistetaan oma-alotteisuus sekä yleensä ajatteleminen, toisin sanoen se on paikka jossa vain mielisairaat tuntevat olonsa kotoiseksi !!!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 9:07 am
Because they are suicides, Obama will not permit a military funeral for them He will not even sent a letter of sympathy to the family.
There is no rational, even moral excuse for this. Many of these people were on their second tour of duty BECAUSE of Obama. Who is Obama is judge? It's like he ever wore a uniform.
 

Diana P. (12)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 9:08 am
We have the FAT CATS in office sending our young kids to fight THEIR WARS. I don't want to see anyone killed just because our government is greedy. How about instead of our kids being sent to die we send congress, the senate, the president and every official overseas to fight? I'd bet the war would be over in a split second. BO said he'd get our soldiers out of IRAQ but where does he send them? Afghanistan.
 

Theresa D. (21)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 9:35 am
This was is going to cost us more than just dollars........their future mental state is worrisome
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 11:02 am
so sad--and Ryan supports cutting the budget for Veteran health services, too
 

Phyllis P. (413)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 1:59 pm
Not surprising but sorry to hear this.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 2:40 pm
So sad. I wish their leaders or family would be trained more on what to satch for, to prevent this from happening. Thanks Dee
 

marie c. (168)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 2:46 pm
Thanks for the post
What a dreadfully sad way to end
 

Debbie L. (0)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 3:18 pm
War is never over for some if not all military veterans
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 3:58 pm
Rebecca Burns, Staff Writer for "In These Times" magazine, September 2012, "Suicide Is Anything But Painless", writes:
{I am going to put this in caps because I feel this needs to be SCREAMED out}:

'The climbing rate of military suicides has been explained in multiple ways, but one controversial school of thought holds that MANY SOLDIERS SUFFER FROM "MORAL INJURY", CAUSED BY GUILT AND SHAME AT WITNESSING OR PARTICIPATING IN SOMETHING THAT VIOLATED THEIR MORAL OR RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES."

"MORAL INJURY", CAUSED BY GUILT AND SHAME AT WITNESSING OR PARTICIPATING IN SOMETHING THAT VIOLATED THEIR MORAL OR RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLES.
THINK about it.
I am willing to bet, that this "MORAL INJURY" is AT LEAST A COMPONENT, in MOST IF NOT ALL, of these soldier suicides.

In other words, PARTICIPATING IN THE WAR ITSELF, IS CAUSING THE SUICIDES.

I do NOT think we are "helping", by blather about "our Heroes" and "we support the troops" yellow-ribbon bumper-stickers; that must strike these MORALLY INJURED returned troops with SAD MORE-THAN-IRONY.

The troops may enlist for Economic reasons, because they can't find jobs elsewhere, to "advance their careers" or to pay off college debts. But, these young men and women ALSO generally feel "Patriotic" about enlisting, not cynical, and are good kids with high ideals and good motives, to do good in the world and help others. This is what Military Recruitment propaganda, COUNTS ON.
Once they find out WHAT THE WARS ARE REALLY ABOUT -- to benefit the Corporations, not to "liberate" anybody or to "advance freedom" in any sense -- some get hardened and cynical, become professional soldiers, mercenaries, or, best of all, "contractors" for the Military who make MUCH MORE than a soldier does!

Those, however, who manage to RETAIN THEIR HUMANITY --
They just have to go crazy, suffer PTSD, or be TORMENTED WITH GUILT forever until they die, for the Atrocities they have either witnessed unwillingly, or been forced to perhaps inadvertently, PARTICIPATE IN.

PARTICIPATING IN THESE MID-EAST WARS FOR OIL, IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM, IS IN ITSELF A WAR CRIME -- AND THAT IS HOW THE SOLDIERS CAN'T HELP BUT SEE IT THAT WAY THEMSELVES.

And, there is NO CURE -- and NO WAY THEY CAN MAKE RESTITUTION FOR THE GUILT THEY FEEL. Except perhaps by giving up their lives......
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 4:14 pm
Alan Y; YOU ARE COMPLETELY FULL OF IT.
I am going to ask that your post be flagged, because it is COMPLETELY SLANDEROUS AND A LIE.
It took me about 2 seconds to come up with this:
On your accusation about President Obama denying military funerals:
from Yahoo Answers:

"The person committing suicide while in the military gets full military burial honors. I handled about two dozen cases like that during my Navy career. They ranged in rank from Seaman Recruit/Private all the way to a Lieutenant Commander.
Source(s):
Retired Navy Officer"
----------------
If President Obama had changed any of this, be sure we would have heard of it!
I don't even need to look up about the "letter of sympathy". YOU HAVE NO SOURCES -- THIS IS JUST MADE UP OUT OF THIN AIR. YOU NEVER CITE SOURCES. YOU THINK WE ARE IDIOTS.

IN MY OPINION, ALAN YORKOWITZ'S POST SHOULD BE FLAGGED AS THE LYING SLANDER IT IS DESIGNED TO BE. IT DISHONORS OUR PRESIDENT, IT DISHONORS THE TROOPS AND IT TRIES INTENTIONALLY TO HURT THEIR FAMILIES. THIS POST *USES* THE TRAGIC SUICIDES IN THE MILITARY, TO STIR UP IRRATIONAL EMOTIONS OF FEAR AND HATRED. POSTS OF THIS NATURE DO NOT BELONG ON CARE2. THAT IS MY OPINION.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 4:18 pm
Thanks Dee.
 

Leanne B. (27)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 4:39 pm
Thanks for this information.
 

John Doe (22)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 4:56 pm
Amazing? Anyone who goes to war is not only an idiot but also suicidal.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 7:57 pm
John Doe,

I agree with you
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (273)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 8:11 pm
NO WARS
 

Milkah Savage (277)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 8:21 pm
Joe Doe: an idiot? Suicidal? Wow why such hatred?. Im the first one to say everyone has the right to their opinion, but I must admit I feel yours was not only harsh but uncalled for. Well "I honor your right to be wrong" !

Thank you so much for what you said John.G and J.L.A.
 

Debra B. (24)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 8:25 pm
Sad these soldiers deserve the best!!
 

John Doe (22)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 8:42 pm
These soldiers deserve nothing. Foolish, too young to think for themselves, trained to kill human beings they went to war and got what they deserved.
 

Milkah Savage (277)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 9:36 pm
Again.....Being a Command Sgt. Major in the United States Army and having just lost my brother a month ago in Iraq so idiots like you have the right to freedom of speech. So when you lay down your head tonight John remeber that freedom is not free and it comes at a cost. You know I must admit I enjoyed going back and fourth you, that is until you insulted me, my family , my brothers and sisters in arms.
So I am done with you and your posts. I will no longer note them or comment. I hang my head in shame....I thought we were adults here who could agree to disagree, but you seem to just be a nasty person who seems to hate ALL that I stand for.
So again I say" I HONOR YOUR RIGHT TO BE WRONG"! .. And please enjoy your freedom of speech
 

Shirley S. (174)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 11:14 pm
noted with sadness
 

Gloria picchetti (290)
Monday August 20, 2012, 4:10 am
What did anyone expect after two wars of over ten years? Let's not forget there was no WMD in Iraq to begin with. All the debt we accumulated to engage in these wars could have been used to build new bridges & other infrastructure instead of destroying American families.
 

marie c. (168)
Monday August 20, 2012, 5:01 am
Mikah I admire your strength of character In my opinion you are doing the right thing by just ignoring
It has taken me a long time to be able to do the same
My love and sympathy goes out to your family
Green star on the way
We are all allowed an opinion sadly John just appears argumentative
 

marie c. (168)
Monday August 20, 2012, 5:03 am
Can not send a green star to Mikah as have done so within the last week
 

Dee C. (214)
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:04 am
Alan is partly correct..

The longstanding policy has been/still is to not write letters of condolence to families of Vet's that commit suicide..Some lawmakers have been encouraging many Presidents that it be changed,,and of course now with President Obama they are encouraging him to re-look at that policy..
And I certainly hope that it is changed..

But Alan is wrong on the funeral..
"The military provides the same funeral services for service members who die in battle or commit suicide."

http://articles.cnn.com/2009-12-23/politics/military.suicide.letters_1_gen-peter-chiarelli-suicide-case-suicide-epidemic?_s=PM:POLITICS
 

Dee C. (214)
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:27 am
http://articles.cnn.com/2009-12-23/politics/military.suicide.letters_1_gen-peter-chiarelli-suicide-case-suicide-epidemic?_s=PM:POLITICS

"President Obama should end a longstanding policy of not writing letters of condolence to families of troops who commit suicide, dozens of lawmakers urged him in a letter Wednesday.

The lawmakers warned that "our armed forces are in the midst of a suicide epidemic."

U.S. Army statistics show that more than 200 troops have killed themselves this year, more than in 2008, which was a record year.

"By overturning this policy on letters of condolence to the families of suicide victims, you can send a strong signal that you will not tolerate a culture in our armed forces that discriminates against those with a mental illness," the lawmakers wrote."
 

Yvonne White (232)
Monday August 20, 2012, 2:34 pm
The same "lawmakers" who Don't want the Bu$h League wars (and their profits) to end?
 
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