Military Families Speak Out in response to new Army report claiming soldier suicide rate is highest in last 26 years.

‘New American’ reported this week concerning the newly released 2006 Army Suicide Event Report which acknowledged that Army soldiers committed suicide last year at the highest rate in twenty-six years. According to the report: “There was a significant relationship between suicide attempts and the number of days deployed.”

Rod Powers, About.com’s guide to the U.S. military, shared the following details of the report:

“The 165-page 2006 Army Suicide Event Report lists 99 deaths by suicide, with 27 of the deaths occurring in Iraq and three in Afghanistan. There were also 948 of what the report terms “serious attempts at suicide.” While the vast majority of the “completed suicides” in 2006 involved males, 10 of the victims were females, the report said. Seventy percent of the Soldiers were under 25, 98 percent were enlisted and 91 percent were from the regular Army. And while the suicide methods included drug overdoses, strangulation and poisoning, the vast majority – 71 percent – involved firearms.”

Military Families Speak Out Co-founder, Nancy Lessin, had this to say in response to the Army’s suicide report:

“It’s no coincidence that troops who are repeatedly deployed to a combat zone in a war that cannot be won and never should have started, are traumatized by the experience.” She added, “This report only shows the tip of the iceberg, as it does not cover those who took their own lives after leaving active duty service. Until the war in Iraq is brought to an end, we think this tragic reality will only become worse.”

Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) is a national organization of 3,600 families who are opposed to the war in Iraq and have loved ones in the military.

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One Response

  1. Even greater in magnitude are the roughly 17 vets who commit suicide/week… as reported by one of the 3 major tv networks (Brian Ross) recently.

    And even greater than these tragedies (in magnitude) are the 1.3 million Iraqis killed since the 2003 invasion — many seem to have died due to the imposition of the “El Salvador” option

    Finally, why is the best solution, withdrawl, based on the exhaustivee evidence of Prof. Pate (sp?) at U. Chicago, hardly mentioned in contrast to the unscientific gibberish from the gov?

    Hey the best way to prevent suicide or homicide is PREVENTION and the best way to achieve that is to withdraw from Iraq immediately.

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