AP IMPACT: US troops are killing themselves at fastest pace since nation began a decade of war

  • Article by: ROBERT BURNS , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 27, 2012 - 9:36 PM
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goferfanzJun. 7, 12 8:30 PM

It's a sad commentary on our leadership in America. Suicide is a complex behavior, but one would think it might help to define the military mission in Afghanistan and the world. You cant have a President golfing frequently and taking luscious vacations while his troops toil and die. For all of W's faults, he appeared to understand this. Both Obama and Romney even appeared to forget about D-day's anniversary for pete's sake :o(

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honor5155Jun. 7, 12 8:32 PM

It has been my experience that the military is good on the PR side of things. On active duty you go to get help and admit you are messed up a Nd they don' t want to deal with you. You are looked upon as weak and unfit. Even units in the reserve component are that way. I have been fortunate with my unit. The Army is all about the image. Same with sexual assault good PR but we really don't want know and we really won't do anything. And don't ask for help with PTSD, then you are just dead weight. Man up and carry on. If you kill yourself then gee we don't know why. PR, public relations is all it is.

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reggiedamanJun. 7, 12 8:41 PM

Most of these suicides are by personnel that have never seen combat. It is more a reflection on the type of people we are allowing into the military. Better psychological screening is required. If you don't like this fact please contradict it with facts if you can.

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badger4lifeJun. 7, 12 8:49 PM

That is too bad to read. Makes you wonder what their top ten reasons to kill themselves were. Damn Shame. On USA

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dmulville72Jun. 7, 12 8:52 PM

Reggieman: regardless of whether they've been deployed or not they are still dealing with many of the same stressors. If you think psychological screening is the answer you obviously know nothing about suicide. Many of the people that commit suicide are the best actors in the world. You inevitably hear the phrases like "he seemed so happy, fun, content, etc..." Before you start spouting off about something you don't seem to know anything about, maybe do a bit of research.

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boboboboJun. 7, 12 8:52 PM

Re: "If you don't like this fact please contradict it with facts if you can." This is not a fact. It is merely an unsupported opinion.

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reggiedamanJun. 7, 12 8:52 PM

From 2005-2008 there were 446 suicides. Out of that 129 were deployed at the time of death. Deployment does not necessarily mean they were in combat. Too many? Absolutely, but it does not tell us anything without a comparison to the general population.

Too many repeat deployments may be a contributing factor, but as liberal demand we cut the military it is inevitable that fewer will serve more deployments.

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rjr2205Jun. 7, 12 8:53 PM

As a vietnam vet it saddens me greatly to read of the suicide rate amongst todays military! Some of our Vietnam KIAs were suicides!! I view Bush/Cheney as responsible for not realistically dealing with the Afghanastan war before even giving any consideration to starting their optional war in Iraq. Their stupidity and arrogance made for two protracted & bungled wars requiring multiple deployments for our military! Also Bush/Cheney sending troops into battle without proper equipment (eg lack of personal body armor)were criminal acts! One tour in a war zone can mess with the mind. Multiple deployments greatly compound the mental stresses!! Beware of Mitt R who is a hawk and who fears no enemy! We need for Pres Obama to bring our troops home!!

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reggiedamanJun. 7, 12 9:04 PM

From 2005-2008 there were 446 suicides. Out of that 129 were deployed at the time of death. Deployment does not necessarily mean they were in combat. Too many? Absolutely, but it does not tell us anything without a comparison to the general population.

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reggiedamanJun. 7, 12 9:04 PM

Too many repeat deployments may be a contributing factor, but as liberal demand we cut the military it is inevitable that fewer will serve more deployments

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