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.

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