A record-setting 32 suicides were reported by the Army, according to The Washington Post. While efforts have been made to reduce suicide rates, and increase soldiers’ resilience, the numbers are on par (yearly) with the numbers for 2009 and 2010.
The Army continues to study the suicide problem and its possible links to PTSD and TBI.
I really hope that the Army finds a way to reduce these numbers. The war has lasted so long, and soldiers are being deployed multiple times to battle and war-torn areas. These multiple deployments put a strain on them, as they also put a strain to their families, personal lives, and their minds.
I also hope that these studies include veterans who commit suicide AFTER they’re back or out of the military. These numbers don’t seem to be anywhere.