January 31st, 2008

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Where's their memorial?

 From an article in the Washington Post:

Suicides among active-duty soldiers in 2007 reached their highest level since the Army began keeping such records in 1980, according to a draft internal study obtained by The Washington Post. Last year, 121 soldiers took their own lives, nearly 20 percent more than in 2006. 

Here are the year-by-year numbers of Army active-duty suicides since the War on Terror started:

2001 - 49 suicides.
2002 - 68 suicides.
2003 - 79 suicides.
2004 - 67 suicides.
2005 - 88 suicides.
2006 - 101 suicides.
2007 - 121 suicides.

CBS News reported that in 2005 alone, there were at least 6,256 veterans who committed suicide. Of those, the highest suicide rates were amongst those aged 20 to 24 who served during the Global War on Terror, who committed suicide at rates estimated at up to four times that of civilians.

Despite this obvious problem, the VA does not currently have official information on veteran's suicide rates.

Veterans for Common Sense are estimating that of the 1.5 million service members who have been sent to Iraq or Afghanistan, approximately 500,000 have come home with some type of mental health problem. 

More excellent information on this problem is available at http://ptsdcombat.blogspot.com .
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