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An increase in suicides among National Guard soldiers largely in states across the Midwest — such as Missouri and Wisconsin — is responsible for a 24% increase in Army suicides last year, the service reported Wednesday.
Missouri and Texas each reported seven suicides among their National Guard troops in 2010, Wisconsin had six, and there were five each in the National Guard units of Minnesota, Ohio, Arizona, California and North Carolina.
Soldiers, both active duty and on inactive status, died by suicide at the rate of 25 per month in 2010, Army figures show.
"All of us are stunned by it, and we wished we knew why," says Army Lt. Col. Jackie Guthrie of the Wisconsin National Guard. "It is especially hard when it's suicide, when it's someone hurting in our ranks."
USA TODAY reported in November that suicides had doubled among National Guard soldiers who were on inactive duty in a year when the Army was seeing a slight decline among active-duty soldier suicides.
The Army released final year-end statistics Wednesday. There were 301 confirmed or suspected soldier suicides in 2010, including those on active duty and reservists or National Guard troops on an inactive status, the Army reported Wednesday. This compares with 242 in 2009.
Originally posted by Reaper2137
What soldier can kill all those innocents? people have a gross misunderstanding about the people over there. Really unless you kill them all it won't stop. They put a high price on family yeah that guys brother was a douch bag and killed two soldiers and ten civi's. Than the united states soldiers take that douch out. Now because you have killed their brother, son , Father they have to get Revenge now you have ten that just took the place of the one you took out.
mean while in the U.S there is no family rushing out to take the soldiers place. There is no one there really that understands what we went thru. We come home no one really talks to us. They just give us drugs. I'm not trying to say that I'm better than you. Its just that you weren't there.. How can I talk to some one who hasn't seen their best friends head blown off.. or seen four of their brothers disapear in less than a sec after an E.F.P goes off..
We can't win because winning this war would kill our souls as well as our country.
Originally posted by allenidaho
I'm somewhat certain that this is why the suicide rate is pretty high. You can't really talk to the people you are supposed to be able to talk to. All that anger and sadness gets bottled up inside. Me, I eventually got over it. Others, not so much. We did have 2 suicides shortly after we got back to Japan.