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Excerpt: "Nearly 350 active duty servicemembers committed suicide last year while 229 troops were killed in combat in Afghanistan."

More soldier deaths have been a result of suicide than have resulted from combat. (photo: Images)
More soldier deaths have been a result of suicide than have resulted from combat. (photo: Images)

Military Suicides Outpace Combat Deaths

By ThinkProgress

16 January 13


he Washington Post reports that "the U.S. military lost more service members to suicide than combat last year as the number of troops who took their lives rose to a record high." Nearly 350 active duty servicemembers committed suicide last year while 229 troops were killed in combat in Afghanistan, according to the Post. The AP reported last June that military deaths from suicide outnumbered combat deaths by a 2-to-1 ratio. A month after the AP report, a Pentagon-funded study reported for the first time, scientific data pointing to "intense psychological suffering and pain" as the main cause of military suicides.

In other news:

  • The New York Times reports: Nearly three years ago, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood delivered a speech urging Egyptians to "nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred" for Jews and Zionists. In a television interview around that time, the same leader described Zionists as "these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs. That leader, Mohamed Morsi, is now president of Egypt - and his comments may be coming back to haunt him."

  • Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday pledged American assistance to the French in its campaign to root out extremist militants in Mali.

  • The Pentagon says that it has improved its most lethal bunker busting bomb, which is now capable of "effectively prosecuting selected hardened, deeply buried targets."

  • The Washington Post reports: "Rape has become a "significant and disturbing feature" of the war in Syria, one that many refugees cite as their leading reason for fleeing the country, according to a report released Monday by a New York-based humanitarian organization." Meanwhile, Syrian warplanes have killed dozens of civilians, including 20 children, in the last few days of bombing Damascus suburbs.

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+6 # RMDC 2013-01-16 18:31
The Pentagon only counts suicide deaths for active military. Anyone out of the military who commits suicide is not counted and the Pentagon simply does not give a shit what they do with their shattered and destroyed lives. If they counted the walking wounded outside of the military the numbers would be much, much greater.

I've said this 100 times -- anyone who volunteers for the military is going into a psychological meat grinder. They are hrainwashed, bullied, bruatlized and then when they break down are dumped like the trash.

I was a kid during the war against Vietnam and my parents told me that if I considered joining any military service, they would prevent me by whatever means possible. All parents should protect their children from such abuse.

I think we should prosecute the Pentagon for contributing to an act of suicide. Or something worse.
+3 # Military Family Voices 2013-01-17 01:34
Yet.…There is a complex set of dynamic, integrated brutalities that face the Military all their post-enlistment years –active, discharged, retired, reserve and Veteran.

The subsequent set of deep stresses, risks, changes and personal physical/mental scars that are laid upon our Military and their Families is staggering, both for those who endure it and for those who finally understand that this inhumane crisis exists and perpetuates.

This tragedy is generally ignored. We are ambivalent toward those who do nothing less than protect everything we have. When we go to rationalize our growing apathy, we cite political reasons for inaction over the humane ones for action.

We must act now to help these fellow citizens, who do this impossible and horrific job to protect our way of life. Certainly anything that will reduce their risks is laudable. However, as risks continue, we must also make them more resistant to those risks.

In fact, that is exactly what we do. We give them the very things that can help their minds remain bonded to the relevancies of their lives -to give them every chance to be resistant to all the unknown brutalities they face -internal and external.

We preserve the main foundation of their whole lives, the vivid voices of their loved ones; so, their minds can re-center to ground themselves, as needed, downrange and in their lifetime of battles that result from their honorable service to Our Country. Pick up your arms and help them cope!
+1 # noitall 2013-01-17 12:45
and how many of those "combat deaths" are suicides?
+1 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2013-01-17 14:39
It's HIGH TIME that we get private contractors OUT OF the military business. THEY SHARE a great deal of blame for this! My brother fought in Vietnam and soldiers were NOT SENT into four or five tours of duty as they are now. Worse yet, the GREEDY DOGS (same one who will not send THEIR CHILDREN into the armed forces) treat all who have served like cheap trash, while they line their pockets with blood-stained dollars, laughing all the way to the BANK!! Virtually all of the contractors avoided military service THEMSELVES... so they simply see war as business as usual...SOULLES S SWINE THAT THEY ARE!!!!
+2 # jmac9 2013-01-17 16:06
All war is failure.

This Iraq via Bush-Cheney lies and this Afghanistan fraud again via Bush-Cheney and continued by Obama,

American citizens get trained as killers
then they go out and kill
for corporate oil profits - and realize none of it was for defending freedom.

As in Vietnam - check the current article here at RSN on Vietnam - troops are carrying out murder, rape, torture, indiscriminate killings...and they get to relive their brutality in their dreams.

While criminals Bush-Cheney sit in mansions, oil companies reap billion dollar profits, the rich 1% pay no taxes for the warfare that benefits their bank accounts, bankers steal you blind and throw you out of your house, police kick in your door cause you smoke pot and kill you dog and put you in jail, white Christians religions blame Islam while Israeli's terrorize Islamic Palestinians... and Republicans block money for veterans and block money for unemployment compensation until they get more tax breaks for the rich...
0 # hoodwinkednomore 2013-01-17 23:09
Great comments, jmac9

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