Self-inflicted: military suicides


Matt and I are researching mental health and veterans, including what can be done for returning veterans to help them adjust to civilian life and overcome trauma connected to their service.

A recent USA Today article highlighted the steady number of marines committing and attempting suicide.The article says that 80 active duty marines have committed suicide from January to May 2010, despite a training program meant to educate about this risk.

In contrast, a Spokesman Review article earlier this year said that suicides are declining amongst all the veterans served by the Spokane VA. Between June 2008 and July 2009 there were 10 suicides -- down from 21 for the same period in 2008. The article didn't break down the deaths by branch of service, but said that the medical center had been strained by staff shortages last year.

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