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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Comment by Bad Habits on January 13, 2013 at 5:17pm
One day the American people will unite and have enough
Comment by Bad Habits on January 13, 2013 at 5:15pm
I love our country but its corrupt as f*** and makes honest good hearted Americans look bad to other countries but most of us don't act like these corrupt elite, controlling every aspect of your life.
Comment by torchdolloars on January 13, 2013 at 5:11pm
i really believe that america is really controll evry is waking up and laughting at us cause they figure it out
Comment by Xcel on January 13, 2013 at 4:42pm
The stats is coming from Russia Today
Comment by KEIZER SOZE on January 13, 2013 at 4:36pm
If its anything LIKE .. THE HURT LOCKER ... when DUDE came HOME he looked BORED AZ F*** in THE GROCERY STORE ... MAYBE its LIKE .. SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION aka YOU get INSTITUTIONALIZED ... When your on DUTY THE FEAR & ADRENALINE of DEADLY SITUATIONS EVENTUALLY become ADDICTING & YOU NEED THE DEADLY SITUATIONS to IRONICALLY be @ PEACE with yourself
Comment by Terence A on January 13, 2013 at 4:26pm
Rather than screaming end the wars, and corporate influences, dummies screaming Obama 2012, with no real direction after the fact.
Comment by SMP on January 13, 2013 at 2:55pm
L'sup is right, America is corrupt as fu-ck, the government doesn't care about the soldiers and what happens with the civilians outside the country.
Comment by AFGun KinG on January 13, 2013 at 2:28pm
GOOD :)
Comment by L'sUp on January 13, 2013 at 1:45pm
The worst part of it is that they don't give a s*** about the soldiers, they're just pawns on the govt gameboard. Soldiers deserve so much more respect and credit than they are given. The fact that any politician who does nothing but sit on his a** and makes more than ANY soldier regardless of their rank is absolute b*******. But that's America for you.
Comment by Continue on January 13, 2013 at 1:44pm
@1thug why is your forehead in Iraq and your in America?



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