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Suicides are surging among US troops: More suicides per day than actual combat deaths per day

 
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Suicides are surging among US troops: More suicides per day than actual combat deaths per day
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Suicides are surging among America's troops, averaging nearly one a day this year - the fastest pace in the nation's decade of war.

Once again we're seeing a surge in troop suicides. In this case, for 2012, we're averaging one death per day which is still more than are dying in actual combat. Which begs the question; what is going on with our troops? Insofar as this seems to be some sort of phenomenon, we need more information from the troops themselves to crack this one.

The 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of the year far outdistance the U.S. forces killed in action in Afghanistan - about 50 percent more - according to Pentagon statistics obtained by The Associated Press.

The numbers reflect a military burdened with wartime demands from Iraq and Afghanistan that have taken a greater toll than foreseen a decade ago. The military also is struggling with increased sexual assaults, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and other misbehavior.

Because suicides had leveled off in 2010 and 2011, this year's upswing has caught some officials by surprise.

The reasons for the increase are not fully understood. Among explanations, studies have pointed to combat exposure, post-traumatic stress, misuse of prescription medications and personal financial problems. Army data suggest soldiers with multiple combat tours are at greater risk of committing suicide, although a substantial proportion of Army suicides are committed by soldiers who never deployed.

The unpopular war in Afghanistan is winding down with the last combat troops scheduled to leave at the end of 2014. But this year has seen record numbers of soldiers being killed by Afghan troops, and there also have been several scandals involving U.S. troop misconduct.

The 2012 active-duty suicide total of 154 through June 3 compares to 130 in the same period last year, an 18 percent increase. And it's more than the 136.2 suicides that the Pentagon had projected for this period based on the trend from 2001-2011. This year's January-May total is up 25 percent from two years ago, and it is 16 percent ahead of the pace for 2009, which ended with the highest yearly total thus far.

Suicide totals have exceeded U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan in earlier periods, including for the full years 2008 and 2009.

The suicide pattern varies over the course of a year, but in each of the past five years the trend through May was a reliable predictor for the full year, according to a chart based on figures provided by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner.

The numbers are rising among the 1.4 million active-duty military personnel despite years of effort to encourage troops to seek help with mental health problems. Many in the military believe that going for help is seen as a sign of weakness and thus a potential threat to advancement.

Kim Ruocco, widow of Marine Maj. John Ruocco, a helicopter pilot who hanged himself in 2005 between Iraq deployments, said he was unable to bring himself to go for help.

"He was so afraid of how people would view him once he went for help," she said in an interview at her home in suburban Boston. "He thought that people would think he was weak, that people would think he was just trying to get out of redeploying or trying to get out of service, or that he just couldn't hack it - when, in reality, he was sick. He had suffered injury in combat and he had also suffered from depression and let it go untreated for years. And because of that, he's dead today."

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Re: Suicides are surging among US troops: More suicides per day than actual combat deaths per day
this is part of a programme to dishearten those who are best capable to save the nation.
If they are rendered incapable of action, or dead, those that fooled them into sacrificing themselves for a folly can sleep more peacefully.

Far, far more cocern over the welfare of wets, than the vets, in DC, and nothing is coincidental in DC
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06/08/2012 08:49 AM
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Re: Suicides are surging among US troops: More suicides per day than actual combat deaths per day
This is a the reality we have to face as good men and women die for causes which have nothing to do with liberty but more accurately selfishness and greed.

One day we will stop justifying and rationalizing war and killing as a logical means of resolving conflict...

Namaste.
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06/08/2012 08:54 AM
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this is an easy op, find the young impressionable and patriotic and lie about their job and their duties and goals, and make them broken emotional cripples over time by generating internal conflicts and cognitive dissonance when the see the truth of it with their own eyes, so that the most likely result, abject cynicism and nihlism and the destruction that engenders is injected into the psyche of those who would OTHERWISE most likely be in the vanguard for disposing of corruption.
These, when saddled with depressive inaction, substance abuse, and numerous mysterious physical afflictions, guarantee, that those that sent them on a selfish and deceptive fools errand will have no fear of them, and cater to those that can promise comforts stolen away at such a high price.

After all, evil only needs two things to thrive, obediance and converts
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Re: Suicides are surging among US troops: More suicides per day than actual combat deaths per day
Jon Rappoport wrote that they put all the soldiers on psychoactive meds/anti-depressants as a matter of course. I'm sure this has as much to do with the suicide rate as anything?
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06/08/2012 09:11 AM
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And this is how we thank them for their service????





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