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Military Reports: Alarming Increase in Suicidal Thoughts

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Recent reports show that over the past five years there has been a 7,000% increase in the number of service members hospitalized for suicidal thoughts.  The Military has been criticized harshly over the past few years for their record keeping and incident reporting on the subject of suicide.  It’s thought that the dramatic increase of deaths and reported incidence are simply the military catching up to the problem with new screening protocols, and only now is the scope of the problem being fully realized.  Suicides among Reserve and National Guard personel more than doubled from 2009(65) to 2010(145).

Additionally, deployed female veterans are three times more likely to commit suicide than their non-deployed counterparts.   Far too often, OIF/OEF veterans who suffer from PTSD, TBI, and MST are not  identified by the military,or Veterans Health Administration eventually finding themselves in crisis situations with law enforcement and first responders.

For more about the growing problem of military suicides, read the Stars and Stripes Special Report…

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