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Army: Suicide Rate Among Soldiers Continues on Record Pace

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: government, military, usa, troops, Army, suicides )

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The suicide rate among U.S. Army soldiers jumped in May -- continuing a four-month upward trend and on a record pace for a second straight year, according to Army statistics released Thursday.


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Dee C (23)
Thursday June 11, 2009, 7:47 pm
" Last month the deaths of 17 soldiers were either confirmed or suspected to be suicides, up from 13 in April and 13 in March, the new numbers revealed.

The Army said the total number of potential or confirmed suicides since January stands at 82. Last year the Army recorded 133 suicides, the most ever.

Earlier this year, Army officials saw the suicide numbers moving up, and by February said the service was on track for a record year for suicides.

Only one of the 17 in May has been confirmed as a suicide, while the others remain under investigation and are listed as "potential suicides," according to the latest statistics.

For April, the Army reported eight potential and five confirmed suicides.

The Army initially classifies a death as "potential suicide" or "confirmed suicide" and moves the numbers between categories after an investigation into the death is complete, according to Army officials."

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Chrissy N (118)
Friday June 12, 2009, 12:00 am
This is so sad as I suspect that these figures would not be added to the ones that lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Mary Neal (183)
Friday June 12, 2009, 5:40 pm
PTSD among our military service personnel increases with each deployment into a combat zone. Some can take it and others cannot.

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greenplanet e (155)
Friday June 12, 2009, 6:41 pm
The suicides seem to exemplify all that is wrong with war. Most humans just aren't psychologically equipped to handle such brutality. There must be a lot of PTSD among the invaded peoples and refugees, too - except I guess it would be ongoing, rather than "post".

Dee C (23)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 1:55 am
No Chrissy you are right.. with the added total of fallen soldiers the numbers would be far greater..
Sadly so..

Dee C (23)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 2:05 am
Indeed the atrocities of any war would cause not only physical harm..but mental harm to those in it..

Winefred M (88)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 5:44 am
Noted.And very sad they should help those soldiers.

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 13, 2009, 7:11 am
Who wants to be associated with a war, that is not even a war? A war over oil? Hardly a reason to fight. I know I'd have been AWOL by now, if I'd have been in the military. These soldiers are thinking humans, whos mind is not accepting the horrors they have to bear, in the name of .... what really?
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