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Military suicides remain high, especially among reservists

This is a problem that affects us all and needs to be addressed.  Our troops are tired and showing signs of battle fatigue from such a long and drawn out war.  The scars these young men and women have to bear cannot be removed by a pat on the back or a token of understanding.  These people, who are willing to give up their lives so we can stay free, are in need of help and we, as a people, owe them that.

Whether you support this war or not; whether you support the military or not–you must agree that our troops are in need of some relief.  If the war ended today, would we be willing to commit to helping these warriors heal physically and mentally?  Will we embrace them as heroes and heap upon them the accolades they deserve or will be turn our backs on them and forget them once life is back to “normal”?


Although the suicide rate has climbed measurably across all sectors of the military over the past few years, top Army and Marine Corps officials on Tuesday proposed several solutions to erase the social stigma associated with mental health illnesses and to combat the less visible wounds of war.

Responding to a congressional committee’s concerns about an NPR report, which identified various deficiencies in the Army’s mental health program, Peter W. Chiarelli, the Army vice chief of staff, defended the Army’s current policies and promised to engage the military’s vulnerable youth.

While the Army is reporting a decline in suicides among active duty soldiers, suicides among reservists who have returned home and aren’t on active duty totaled 53 this year through mid-June, up 26 percent from the comparable period last year. Suicides among active duty Army dropped 30 percent through mid-June from a year earlier, to 62.

Suicides overall increased by 26 percent from 2008 to 2009, while suicides among Marines have more than doubled since 2005.[…more…]

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June 23, 2010 - Posted by | Mental Health | , , , , , ,

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