posted on Jan, 1 2013 @ 03:24 PM
US soldier suicides hit a sad milestone in 2012, outpacing combat deaths as the leading cause of death for American troops.
The tragic number of soldier suicides comes from the Department of the Army, and seem to continue last year’s trend of increasing soldier suicides
in US military personnel.
According to data reviewed by CBS, 303 active-duty, Reserve and National Guard soldiers took their own lives through November in the US, versus 212
combat deaths recorded in Afghanistan.
Due the the often-unclear nature of self-inflicted mortal injury, the data reviewed is not entirely clear on precise numbers — but CBS says:
“The Army set a grim new record of 177 potential active-duty cases with 2012 coming to a close on Tuesday – 64 of these cases remain under
investigation, 113 have been confirmed.”
In 2011, a record number of soldier suicides were observed as well, and in June, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta addressed the worrying trend and
indicated that some of the issues troops face upon their return could be mitigating factors in the increase in suicide:
” … we’re dealing with broader societal issues … Substance abuse, financial distress and relationship problems — the risk factors for
suicide — also reflect problems … that will endure beyond war
According to the military-centric site, soldier suicides increased in 2012 despite increased awareness of the growing issue