How Will The U.S. Army Address the Mental Health Crisis in Soldiers and Veterans?

Last week the VA office released a report finding that 22 U.S. veterans committed suicide each day in 2010, which works out to just under one suicide per hour, a disturbing number by any account. And last month, the number of suicides of active duty soldiers again rose above the number who died in war, numbering 349, which is almost one per day. Some have pointed out that this reversal is partly because troops have pulled out of Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan is nearing its end. But the suicide rate among veterans is still disturbingly high, and it points to the ubiquity of mental health problems that come of war – and the fact that they do not abate with time alone.  Read Full Article.

 

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