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Friday
Aug172007

U.S. Army Suicides Highest For 26 Years

From The Washington Post:
Army soldiers committed suicide last year at the highest rate in 26 years, and more than a quarter did so while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new military report. The report, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its scheduled release Thursday, found there were 99 confirmed suicides among active duty soldiers during 2006, up from 88 the previous year and the highest number since the 102 suicides in 1991 at the time of the Persian Gulf War.

Why are we not surprised?

Failed personal relationships, legal and financial problems and the stress of their jobs were factors motivating the soldiers to commit suicide, according to the report. Troops are facing serious mental health problems, and they aren't getting the treatment they need. At least one-in-three Iraq veterans and one-in-nine Afghanistan veterans will face a mental health issue like depression, anxiety, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). About 25% of those who committed suicide had "a history of at least one psychiatric disorder."

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Reader Comments (1)

Thanks mate- your story is the most accurate so far. As for Australian of the year? well mate I'm just an average aussie guy trying to make a living for my family, like millions of others. But thank you for the thought.

Cheers Mate

David George
September 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDavid George

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