Study of military suicides finds higher rates in recent wars, not earlier

Study of military suicides finds higher rates in recent wars, not earlier

The University of Hawaii and the Department of Defense studied suicides of active duty personnel going back to 1819. It found that suicide rates have been elevated during the ’endless’ wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam but that suicide rates were lower in wartime during earlier wars. The study also found that suicides were not higher among soldiers in combat zones.

Monster Mash
Monster Mash 4 months

Dad and grandfather were Vietnam Veterans, they said they knew it was a pointless war, shooting at innocent farmers (most of the time, as some came up with horrible traps.) It kinda puts things in prospective when my other grandfather was in WW2 and was proud that he killed Nazis. Not trying to glorify war or totally condemn VETs, in ethier statement. I am just saying that they were very different wars.

MoralKombat 4 months

It can be hard to see and do the shit many soldiers do then just come back to our cozy spoiled civilian culture and act like they didn't see it, one day you're driving by a woman holding the charred corpse of her child and the next you're watching some yoga mom texting on her mobile ignoring her child who just wants to show her the cool leaf he found.

I have no idea
I have no idea 4 months

One of the big problems i had in the navy. Constant extensions and time table changes. You get in this weird hypnotizing pattern where it feels like no time passed and you come back and everything is different. Kids born, favorite restruant went out of businessn there building a mall down the street, and the movie you left looking forward to in theaters is out on dvd. These sound kinda minor but they add up in your head pretty quick. Missed my kids births and birthdays ballet recitals dates with the wife. You remember where you parked like you just left your car there though.

America 4 months

All too important to have a set plan/agenda and timeline and adhere to it during these conflicts. One of the worst things can be not knowing if there is an end in sight. Wandering minds start feeling helpless/hopeless if anything is being done and the purpose of being there losses value in the hearts and minds of those who serve. All I can say to help is stay busy, find good hobbies, stay involved and above all seek help if needed. God Bless America!

npc8472 4 months

It's hard to not have a specific enemy. Thinking it could be anyone and not know if you're in friendly territory or not is pretty taxing. They get no respite from being on guard. Head on a swivel 24/7 looking out for mortal danger can cause a lot of mental strain. Hard to come back to "normal" from that.

B. K.
B. K. 4 months

I recently watched a news story on the VA support system on PBS. I'll send the link if I can find it. It's not just those dealing with PTSD cases not just the vets that can't deal with the trauma, it's the case workers too. Absorbing the horrors of war because you have empathy for them has got to be damaging. Can you imagine going to work dealing with helping people on the edge of suicide all day that are open carry? The vets of course too! But when the VA can't create a support system for those with valor, it's shameful. Those men and women said "Yup, I will die for my country" That's bloody awesome and everyone should be helping them more. Without question. They are Americans honour. Had to be said.

michael zubas
michael zubas 4 months

i'm gonna play Devil's Advocate here. think we need to Reinstate the Draft.

John W
John W 4 months

suicides against all men are way up in general. especially against middle age white men. White males accounted for 69.67% of suicide deaths in 2017.  70,200 drug overdose deaths estimated in 2017. most are men. automation and shipping of jobs overseas is driving homelessness, the opiate epidemic, and sucides.

Sapper 4 months

First of all, God bless all servicemen past and present. I just wanted to say this quick thing- to me it wasn’t the hatred of the enemy (although I respected their capabilities, I despised them as ‘people’) it was that we were given the task to win, but with so many BS Rules of Engagement that it felt that if you made a single wrong move, you’d be arrested and thrown in jail a decade later. A bloke will pick up a rifle, engage my lads and drop it and run. If we returned fire we could be tried for murder under the ROE because he was ‘running away from / breaking contact’. I told my fire team (they were great and disciplined lads) if we were attacked to fluidly do what we were trained to do and I’d take the tide of ambulance chasing lawyers if they come. Luckily it never turned out like that. Any way- in the Great War and World War, our enemies wore distinct uniforms, a German could see a Brit or Yank and know the rules. If the Germans captured you (not the Nazis, they were pure evil) you’d get a kicking but probably not tortured to death or beheaded like our enemy now. That’s the difference with fighting ‘civilised’ enemies, although we are ordered to murder by our governments, soldiers won’t kill if they don’t have to, in Iraq, insurgents would rather capture you and record your final moments. That weighs heavily on the lads.

Victor Cox
Victor Cox 4 months

First of all, they are pointless wars. Secondly, and more importantly, the past few generations have become weaker emotionally. Over the years children have been raised with a weaker mindset then before the world wars.

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