Baffling Rise in Suicides Plagues the U.S. Military


The rate of suicide in the military is fairly high and people are interested in finding out the causes.

Over the course of nearly 12 years and two wars, suicide among active-duty troops has risen steadily, hitting a record of 350 in 2012.  Even with the withdrawal from Iraq and the pullback in Afghanistan, the rate of suicide within the military has continued to rise significantly faster than within the general population.

What are authorities doing to avoid these suicides and is it effective?

The Pentagon has commissioned numerous reports and invested tens of millions of dollars in research and prevention programs, experts concede they are little closer to understanding the root causes of why military suicide is rising so fast.  There are a web of causes for suicide in the military such as mental illness, sexual or physical abuse, addictions, failed relationships, financial struggles.

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