Army At A Loss To Explain Rise In Soldier Suicides

November 18, 2009

U.S. (ChattahBox) – Amidst accusations that it repeated tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have caused a sharp rise in the suicides of soldiers, some say that the data doesn’t support the theory.

The number of soldiers and former soldiers who have committed suicide has risen to hit an all time record this year, with 211 So far reported, and another 71 suspected.

But officials have said they do not necessarily believe it is the wars themselves that is causing the problems. According to their research and data related to the issue, there are no discernible patterns.

“[So] everywhere I try to cut this and look at it to try to find out what the causal effect is, I get thwarted, and that’s why we think that we’ve got to look in its totality at a whole bunch of different issues, and it’s going to take time,” Army vice chief of staff, General Peter Chiarelli, said.

In the meantime, more programs are being created to reach out to returning soldiers, to offer them support and knowledge on how to cope after returning from tours of duty.

“We believe, despite these numbers, that we are making some progress,” Chiarelli said.

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One Response to “Army At A Loss To Explain Rise In Soldier Suicides”

  1. helen logan tackett on November 19th, 2009 9:09 am

    The profile of a soldier fighting in Afghanistan is a male in his early twenties with some college who may likely be married and have a young child or children waiting for his return home to them. Statistically, 80% of these young men have been shot at, ambushed, witnessed the death or severe injury of other soldiers usually a member of their unit who may have been their friend. And the average amount of these horrific experiences for each soldier is at least six times during each tour of duty in Afghanistan.
    Briefly stopping at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska to refuel before jaunting to Japan, President Obama told our military “I will not risk your lives unless it is necessary to America’s vital interests.” This comment is hypocritical when contrasted with the fact that President Obama indefinitely strands a trickle of our troops in the hell known as Afghanistan because, after nearly a year in office, he is still working on “getting it right” on fight ing the war in Afghanistan.

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