suicide rate among soldiers rises

Pentagon has released information that a US soldier on active duty commit suicide nearly every two days. In 2009, the total number of completed suicides totaled to 160, just counting those in the Marines or infantry. On top of the suicides by active soldiers, 6,000 former military servicemen are taking their own lives each year. What do these numbers mean when compared to public at large? “Of the more than 30,000 suicides in the US each year, fully 20 per cent of them – 18 each day – are acts by veterans,” says US Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

For more info:
The Defense Department December suicide report: http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=13242

The Miami Herald: Despite prevention efforts, US military suicides rise

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