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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Every day, five U.S. soldiers try to kill themselves. Before the Iraq war began, that figure was less than one suicide attempt a day.
The dramatic increase is revealed in new U.S. Army figures, which show 2,100 soldiers tried to commit suicide in 2007.
"Suicide attempts are rising and have risen over the last five years," said Col. Elspeth Cameron-Ritchie, an Army psychiatrist.
Originally posted by NeuronDivide
Of course that's what it is...
I think most people really aren't aware of the true horrors going on over there on a daily basis, because it's not shown in the mainstream media at all...
If you take a look at some of the videos soldiers are posting on sites like break and ogrish, then you'll begin to realise just how bad the situation really is, and why so many of the soldiers are suicidal.
He said veterans return home to find an "understaffed, under-funded, under-equipped" Veterans Affairs mental health system. "Many just give up trying," he said.
Originally posted by Sestias
We should remember to send thanks to those who serve in the armed forces, and love whenever possible. They face horrendous circumstances and moral uncertainty.