Army Suicides at 30-Year High

For the first time since the Vietnam War, the suicide rate among soldiers is higher than the civilian population. In 2008 19.2 civilians of every 100,000 killed themselves compared with 20.2 soldiers of every 100,000. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the Army, is in charge of suicide prevention efforts.

It is thought that 15-month deployments along with the PTSD, depression, addiction and family problems upon return have contributed to the rise in suicide rates. The Army has hired more general practitioners and 250 more mental healthcare providers to combat the rise in suicides.

Read more on this topic.


The Examiner


Below is a public service announcement featuring Gary Sinise. Mr. Sinise will appear in the 2009 National Memorial Day Parade.

Explore posts in the same categories: Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Veteran News, Veterans services

Tags: ,

You can comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: