Soldier Suicides Skyrocket

sirko1.jpgThis is just so sad. Worldwide, US soldiers committed suicide in 2006 at the highest rate since 1991. More than 1/4 of those did so while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. The report, which the AP obtained early, says that Iraq was the most common location for the suicides and for suicide attempts. The report also says,

Failed personal relationships, legal and financial problems and the stress of their jobs were factors motivating the soldiers to commit suicide, according to the report.
In addition, there was a significant relationship between suicide attempts and number of days deployed” in Iraq, Afghanistan or nearby countries where troops are participating in the war effort, it said. The same pattern seemed to hold true for those who not only attempted, but succeeded in killing themselves.

As sad as this is, it should be no surprise considering the drastic moves the military has made recently to shore up troop levels. Lengthening tours to 15 months and shortening home time between tours are nearly unbearable to soldiers already dealing with extremely high stress jobs. Additionally, the devastating impact of lowering the recruitment standards reveals itself in these statistics.

About a quarter of those who killed themselves had a history of at least one psychiatric disorder. Of those, about 20 percent had been diagnosed with a mood disorder such as bipolar disorder and/or depression; and 8 percent had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, including post traumatic stress disorder _ one of the signature injuries of the conflict in Iraq.

Like in Vietnam, 20 or 30 years from now history will show the futility of this war. We might have learned our lesson by then, but the dead will still be dead, their families will still be destroyed, the missing legs and arms will still be missing, and Iraq will go on as before.

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2 Comments on “Soldier Suicides Skyrocket”

  1. Shifta Says:

    “Like in Vietnam, 20 or 30 years from now history will show the futility of this war.”

    wth, never thought i could agree so much with an american… 😀

    finger up for ya man

  2. expatbrian Says:

    every once in a while I say something worth hearing. Not often though.

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