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US Soldier Suicides Outnumber Combat Deaths In 2012


US Soldier Suicides Outnumber Combat Deaths In 2012
December 28, 2012 10:25 AM

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) American soldier suicides continue to outnumber combat-related deaths in 2012, and the trajectory for soldier suicides continues to get worse.

Statistics released by the Department of the Army show that through November potentially 303 active-duty, Reserve and National Guard soldiers committed suicide. As of Dec. 7, Stars and Stripes reports that 212 soldiers have died in combat-related deaths in Afghanistan.

The Army set a grim new record of 177 potential active-duty cases with 2012 coming to a close on Tuesday 64 of these cases remain under investigation, 113 have been confirmed.

In June of this year, The Pentagon reported there had been at least 154 suicides among active-duty troops a rate of nearly one each day. The number of suicides continues to increase despite numerous new training and awareness programs put into effect in the past few years

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