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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:02 AM

VA study finds more veterans committing suicide

Source: Washington Post

Every day about 22 veterans in the United States kill themselves, a rate that is about 20 percent higher than the Department of Veterans Affairs’ 2007 estimate, according to two-year study by a VA researcher.

The VA study indicates that more than two-thirds of the veterans who commit suicide are 50 or older, suggesting that the increase in veterans’ suicides is not primarily driven by those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“There is a perception that we have a veterans’ suicide epidemic on our hands. I don’t think that is true,” said Robert Bossarte, an epidemiologist with the VA who did the study. “The rate is going up in the country, and veterans are a part of it.” The number of suicides overall in the United States increased by nearly 11 percent between 2007 and 2010, the study says.

As a result, the percentage of veterans who die by suicide has decreased slightly since 1999, even though the total number of veterans who kill themselves has gone up, the study says.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/va-study-finds-more-veterans-committing-suicide/2013/01/31/1092b330-5a68-11e2-9fa9-5fbdc9530eb9_singlePage.html



Last week "pro-life" groups held "Marches for Life" nationwide and most prominently in DC to protest the Roe v. Wade decision. I wonder when the protests by Live Action, Americans United for Life, etc. at the Pentagon will be with all those "STOP OUR SOLDIERS FROM COMMITTING SUICIDE" signs? Right? Aren't those conservative patriots supposed to be standing up for their fellow patriots who sacrificed themselves to defend this great nation? But no, they're too busy listening to Lee Greenwood albums, heckling women at Planned Parenthood, and waving US flags that were manufactured in China.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:13 AM

1. It used to be "only" 18/day.

Fuck.



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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 08:38 AM

2. You think having a connection to a group

through their military service buddies and the camaraderie found there would give them more strength to live on. When you think of all the life long loners with no connection to a group, no military service experience or other people in the same boat they can identify with. There must be a tremendous breach between their military and civilian lives that some of them can't make it across.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 08:57 AM

3. Men over 50 are already at higher risk for suicide -- veterans or not

It may not be related to military service.

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Response to mainer (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:44 AM

4. Men over 50

facing extended unemployment, age discrimination, despair due to looming homelessness, a Republican viewpoint which offers no hope and a general sense of personal failure will easily become depressed and have anxiety attacks.

One very bad day can be the last straw.

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