Jul 102011
 

It is estimated that 20% of all deployed troops suffer from PTSD, anxiety or depression. For the second year in a row, more troops have died at their own hands than in combat. Within the military and veteran community, on average there are 30 suicide attempts every day. Of the 30 attempts, 18 soldiers/veterans succeed at taking their own life.

President Obama has reversed a policy of not sending presidential condolence letters to the families of victims of suicide but only for those that take their life in designated battle zones and not retroactively.

“This issue is emotional, painful, and complicated, but these Americans served our nation bravely. They didn’t die because they were weak. And the fact that they didn’t get the help they needed must change.” ~ President Barack Obama.

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  2 Responses to “Numbers: The Cost Of War”

  1. “Within the military, on average there are 30 suicide attempts every day. Of the 30 attempts, 18 soldiers/veterans succeed at taking their own life”

    I find that figure hard to believe. What is the source?

  2. Here’s a link: Congress.org

    and another: Inter-Press Service

    The figure at Congress.org is the suicides that are officially counted by the military. The Inter-Press Service numbers are the total number of suicides in the US and the percent of that population that are veterans (20%).