Democracy Now: Army Issues Report on Soldier Suicides

A new US Army report has found that the rate of suicide by soldiers in the Army has risen above the civilian rate for the first time since the Vietnam War. There were a record 160 active-duty Army suicides in the year from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009. The report faulted commanders for ignoring rising mental health, drug and crime issues among soldiers. One-third of soldiers take at least one prescription drug, and 14 percent of soldiers are on some form of powerful painkiller. The report did not find a link between the rise in suicides and repeat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Seventy-nine percent of the soldiers who committed suicide had had only one deployment or had not deployed at all.

~ by wheresthemic on July 30, 2010.

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