Suicide Has Killed More Troops Than the War in Afghanistan This Year

Writes Alexander Abad-Santos on the Atlantic Wire:

This is a pretty terrible statistic: 154 active duty troops have committed suicide in the first 155 days of the new year–a rate alarmingly close to one per day. The number dead from suicides eclipses the U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan by about 50 percent.

For comparison, there were around 130 suicide deaths during the same time last year, reports The Associated Press’ Robert Burns. It’s difficult to wrap our brains around that number and that rate, and of course that statistic is just one more troubling recent finding from our troops. (Remember the reports that found that sexual assaults among members of the army were up 64 percent from 2006? Or the rise in alcohol abuse?) “It’s a sign in general of the stress the Army has been under over the 10 years of war,” Dr. Stephen N. Xenakis, a psychiatrist and retired Army general told Burns. “We’ve seen before that these signs show up even more dramatically when the fighting seems to go down and the Army is returning to garrison.”…

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  • Alex

    That’s more suicides than at Foxconn.
    Does that mean that I can finally buy an iPod without feeling guilty?

    • Jin The Ninja

      no.

    • Hadrian999

       there is no safe tech if you are worried by guilt, every part of modern hard on someone somewhere, that candy bar is made with conflict cacao, your cell phone is made from resources controlled by warlords, everything made by plastic is traced back to tribal warlords and western imperialists, all you can really do is wander off to be a hermit or accept your place in the food chain.

      • Ciggy

        You can feel guilty, using technology obtained from rare minerals is a necessary evil. Its better than using a device or commodity and not feeling bad about the problems involved in obtaining it, that would create more excess and waste. Feeling guilty is better than being desensitized and ignorant of the problems.

        • Hadrian999

          the end result is the same, guilt changes nothing

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    “Obama had ordered the first troop surge in the spring of 2009…
    Over the next three years, 13,000 Americans would be killed or wounded in Afghanistan –
    more than during the previous eight years of war under George W. Bush.”
    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/americas-last-prisoner-of-war-20120607?print=true

    The suicides are just the tip of the iceberg.
    The US is the Titanic.

  • charlieprimero

    Oh Boo Hoo.  It’s not like these idiots got drafted.  They were stupid enough to join up, and they can quit and get a real job any time they want.

  • JaceD

    Hopefuly as more news such as this spreads young Americans will be deterred from seeing the military as a lifestyle option. Maybe the new age nazis can be stopped by its own people before it goes total war on the world? Although the nazis have the support of their old enemies this time, and might makes right.. Right?

  • Unhappy Soldier

    Whoever posted this story could have least had the decency to use an image of a US soldier, rather than a British soldier, with out of date equipment. 

    Shocking.

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