posted on Mar, 25 2004 @ 11:48 AM
Last week, it was soldiers blaming trauma from the war for crimes they committed here in the USA, after returing home. Now this article states that
suicide rate among soldiers has risen, but it doesn't include the suicide rate of soldiers that commit suicide here at home. It makes me wonder,
what will happen in a year or two from now. How many soldiers will be negatively affected by this war? How many more lives will destroyed at home
when they return and can't assimilate back into regular life? Any thoughts on this?
A sudden increase in suicides among U.S. soldiers in Iraq last summer turned out to be a brief spike, but the overall suicide rate there last year
was much higher than for the entire Army.
Those are among the conclusions of a mental health assessment team that met with soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait between August and October last year,
according to officials familiar with the results.
The Army planned to publicly announce the team's findings and recommendations on Thursday.
There were at least 24 suicides among U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait last year, according to the Army's count. That number may increase because the
circumstances of some other deaths are still in doubt.
That equates to a suicide rate of 17.3 per 100,000 soldiers, compared with a rate of 12.8 for the entire Army in 2003 and an average rate of 11.9 for
the Army during the 1995-2002 period, according to officials familiar with the mental health study. They spoke on condition of anonymity.
The 24 suicides do not include soldiers who killed themselves after returning to the United States
The other story:
Soldier Charged in Killing Blame Trauma From Iraq