Research more American soldiers commit suicide on the battlefield

Research more American soldiers commit suicide on the battlefield


The “Price of War” project at Brown University recently showed the terrible numbers of American soldiers committing suicide.

An estimated 30,177 active-duty soldiers and veterans who have served in the US military since September 11, 2001 have died by suicide.

My spiritual life is much more mature than in school
American soldiers are committing suicide more and at an alarming rate.

This is more than four times higher than the 7,057 people killed in military operations after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The figures include all members who served in the military, not just those who fought during that time.

The majority of deaths were among veterans, with an estimated 22,261 suicides during this period.

“This trend is very alarming,” the report said. The increasing suicide rate for both veterans and active-duty soldiers is outpacing the rate of the general population, marking a significant shift.”

The report’s author, Thomas “Ben” Suitt III, took U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data and estimated the total number of veterans’ suicides based on their age and other factors.

The report says a total of 5,116 active-duty service members have died by suicide since September 11, 2001. No National Guard and Reserve figures are available for the first 10 years, but between 2011 and 2020, an estimated 1,193 National Guardsmen and 1,607 Army Reserves died by suicide.

In an interview, Mr. Suitt said the figure of 30,177 is likely much lower than the actual number of suicides among veterans. He believes that one of the reasons the number continues to soar is the indifference of the American public or even family members.

In September 2020, US Department of Defense officials said that the number of suicides in the military as a whole had increased by 20% during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The US Army has had 114 suicides by active-duty soldiers, an increase of about 30% compared to the same time last year (88 cases).

“I can’t speak scientifically, but I can see the graphs and numbers of behavioral health issues increasing. We cannot say for certain that the increase in suicides is due to the increased number of suicides. COVID-19 pandemic. But there’s a direct correlation when the COVID-19 outbreak broke out, the numbers really went up,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said in an interview with the AP on September 27.

In the first nine months of 2020, the Air Force active duty and reserve forces had 98 suicides, the number unchanged from the same period last year. However, 2019 was the year the US Air Force recorded its worst suicide rate in three decades.

Leaders have proposed solutions to reduce the number of deaths in the army, such as shortening combat deployments. Currently, the 10-month deployment time has been increased to 11 months due to the addition of a 2-week isolation period before and after the deployment.

“Four years ago we were very focused on readiness because then we had some challenges and we did very well. Currently, the force is also very very ready. But I think it’s time to focus on resources,” General James McConville said.

At the beginning of 2019, statistics show that a total of 286 active-duty soldiers died by themselves in 2018, including 57 Marines, 68 sailors, 58 pilots and 1,103 Army soldiers. The army’s statistics alone do not include the last three months of the year.

The above figure is equivalent to the total number of active duty soldiers who died by suicide in 2017. If the Army’s fourth quarter is included, it could reach a record of 321 soldiers as in 2012.

Depression continues to be a major challenge for the Pentagon and the U.S. services despite numerous morale-boosting programs.

Hai Lam

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