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Thursday, November 29th, 2012
There is an epidemic of suicides in the military. According to an Army Times article summarizing several reports:
a veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes. More than 6,500 suicides have occurred since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began. For every service member who dies in battle, 25 veterans die by their own hands. According to a Pentagon report, more American active service members have killed themselves in the first six months of 2012 than in the first six months of any of the previous 11 years, The Associated Press reported. The report reveals 154 service members killed themselves in the first 155 days of 2012 alone. The number of deaths by suicide is 50 percent higher than combat deaths in Afghanistan during the same period and an 18 percent increase over active service member suicides in the first six months of 2011. And, while only 1 percent of Americans have served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, veterans of these conflicts represent 20 percent of all suicides in the United States, the VA reported.
According to a U.S. Army report, more soldiers are dying by suicide than in combat.
If an active duty member of the military commits suicide, he or she is posthumously honorably discharged and counted as a war casualty. Tragically, if that suicide attempt fails, he or she is considered to have violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice because that conduct causes “prejudice to good order and discipline” or has a “tendency to bring the service into disrepute.” The person can face court martial proceedings for surviving a suicide attempt. Outrageous!
Tags: Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Lazzaric Caldwell, Patraeus, U.S. Marine Corps
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