[Marxism] US military suicides
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Wed Aug 15 18:21:39 MDT 2007
August 13, 2007
Why Isn't the Press on a Suicide Watch?
You'd never know that at least 3% of all American deaths in Iraq are
due to self-inflicted wounds. And that doesn't include the many vets
who have killed themselves after returning home.
By Greg Mitchell
NEW YORK (August 13, 2007) -- Would it surprise you to learn that
according to official Pentagon figures, at least 118 U.S. military
personnel in Iraq have committed suicide since April 2003? That number
does not include many unconfirmed reports, or those who served in the
war and then killed themselves at home (a sizable, if uncharted,
While troops who have died in "hostile action" -- and those gravely
injured and rehabbing at Walter Reed and other hospitals -- have gained
much wider media attention in recent years, the suicides (about 3% of
our overall Iraq death toll) remain in the shadows.
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August 15, 2007
Army Suicides Highest in 26 Years
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 8:00 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Army soldiers committed suicide last year at the
highest rate in 26 years, and more than a quarter did so while serving
in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new military report.
The report, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its scheduled
release Thursday, found there were 99 confirmed suicides among active
duty soldiers during 2006, up from 88 the previous year and the highest
since the 102 suicides in 1991.
''Iraq was the most common deployment location for both (suicides) and
attempts,'' the report said.
The 99 suicides included 28 soldiers deployed to the two wars and 71
who weren't. About twice as many women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan
committed suicide as did women not sent to war, the report said.
Preliminary numbers for the first half of this year indicate the number
of suicides could decline across the service in 2007 but increase among
troops serving in the wars, officials said.
The increases for 2006 came as Army officials worked to set up a number
of new and stronger programs for providing mental health care to a
force strained by the longer-than-expected war in Iraq and the global
counterterrorism war entering its sixth year.
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