Grim Statistics: More U.S. Troops Committed Suicide In 2012 Than Were Killed In The Afghanistan War [Video]


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U.S. soldiers are committing suicide at an alarming rate. NBC News reports that through November 2012, 177 active-duty soldiers had committed suicide. In all of 2012, 176 soldiers were killed in action while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Russia Today reports the suicide rate is much higher when you take into account soldiers who have returned home from combat. According to their report, nearly 500 American troops and veterans took their own lives last year.

Many soldiers feel they will be looked at as being weak or denied promotion if they seek mental health aid. Families of some suicide victims blame the military for not doing enough to help troops deal with the stress of combat.

The Pentagon hasn’t spent the money that it has for suicide prevention for this year — and that money wasn’t nearly enough money to reach all the soldiers who need help. Now we are hearing about bureaucratic technicalities at the Pentagon that are preventing them from acting. This is unconscionable,” Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Washington, told NBC. “The Pentagon is funded to help soldiers and needs to do much more on the epidemic of suicides."

The Department of Defense says that they are working on this growing epidemic and that "anti-suicide programs installed throughout the armed services soon will curb military suicides — and that such initiatives already have helped douse mental-health stigmas."

"We have seen several programs that we are optimistic are going to start making a dent in this issue," said Jackie Garrick, acting director of the DOD suicide prevention office. "We’ve asked all of the services to use the same messaging, the same talking points. So the Army, included in that, is trying to adapt and promote those same messages because we realize that this is an across-the-board problem."

Tim Kenney of the Army National Guard says that he battled suicidal thoughts when he returned home from the war, but was able to overcome them. He thinks many servicemen have a hard time adjusting back into civilian life.

"What these guys end up doing is I think is they feel 'I can't cope anymore with civilian life.' A lot of guys end up killing themselves because they don't think they will ever fit back into normal society," Kenney told Russia Today.

Do you think the military is doing enough to help U.S. soldiers with this growing problem?

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Guess who is back....1 tug.... gets slapped
Comment by Continue on January 14, 2013 at 12:15am
People need to understand what corrupt means
Comment by THE TRUTH on January 13, 2013 at 11:53pm
this5 shut da f*** up. u dont anything about Saudi Arabia 9/11 was an inside job and america always start s***
Comment by Jack Knight on January 13, 2013 at 10:46pm
Dealing with a sick veteran my self on a day to day basis. they can't get the proper employment even thought they are skilled in various area's. they can't get anyone on the phone at the VA hospital ( only Answering machines) and to get an appointment it takes you to be half way dead or already dead in the emergency rooms. the appointments are backed up 3-6 months long. there you have it. that's how america treats men & women who kill for democracy.
Comment by ThisIsTheBoss on January 13, 2013 at 9:30pm
the sad thing is most of you brainwashed zombies keep referring to these trained killers as 'our soldiers' when in fact they only there to protect an investment in afghanistan the US is only there for the booming heroin trade and in iraq its obviously for oil. Listen to Immortal Technique and free your mind godbless
Comment by ThisIsTheBoss on January 13, 2013 at 9:22pm
these baby killers have daily nightmares and flashbacks of all the innocent ppl they killed and after a while it gets to them and they shoot themselves. 3million ppl have died in iraq and afghanistan and if you dont feel other peoples pain and think its its ok then we really shouldnt complain about racism and slavery here. injustice is injustice. dont support no whitemans oil war. dont support no coward troops
Comment by THE RAW ZONE (Palmin Ur Mom A**) on January 13, 2013 at 8:59pm
People just aren't strong any more .... They get filled up with prescription drugs that make it worst . They turn on the TV and radio and see a lost culture with no real direction .Life is a game you got try your best to win at it . You can't give up .
Comment by jBrizzle on January 13, 2013 at 7:47pm
KEIZER SOZE on point!
Comment by Inca Peruvian Chico on January 13, 2013 at 6:29pm
Sucks....but notice how it says "soldiers" not Marines
Comment by Zaza on January 13, 2013 at 6:01pm
so very very sad... shameful...

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