Monday, January 31, 2011

Suicide in the Military

From Crooks and Liars via Norwegianity.

For the second year in a row, more American soldiers—both enlisted men and women and veterans—committed suicide than were killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Excluding accidents and illness, 462 soldiers died in combat, while 468 committed suicide. A difference of six isn't vast by any means, but the symbolism is significant and troubling. In 2009, there were 381 suicides by military personnel, a number that also exceeded the number of combat deaths.

1 comment:

  1. Guns and depression don't mix, no matter how highly trained the individual is in the use of firearms. Both the individuals themselves as well as their family and friends need to be better trained to recognize the symptoms of depression and ACT upon it, starting with asking if the individual has any firearms and whether they would be willing to have them out of their home until they are no longer depressed or suicidal.