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Suicides among active duty soldiers are up 46 percent compared to last year, Army reveals

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According to a new Pentagon report, suicide rates among active-duty U.S. military personnel were up 46 percent in the quarter compared to the same time in 2020.

In the second quarter of this year, 60 active-duty military personnel committed suicide, compared to 41 in the second quarter of 2020.

The suicide rate among Navy personnel also rose by 41 percent, from 12 in the second quarter of last year to 17 in 2021.

Between April and June, 139 military personnel in all branches, both active and reserve, died by suicide.

That figure is more than double the number of 67 servicemen who have died from COVID-19.

The suicide rate among active-duty military personnel has steadily increased each year, from 267 in 2015 to 384 in 2020, according to the Department of Defense report.

This year, up to June 30, 174 soldiers on active duty committed suicide.

According to a new Pentagon report, suicide rates among active-duty U.S. military personnel were up 46 percent in the past quarter compared to the same time in 2020

In the second quarter of this year, 60 active-duty military personnel committed suicide, compared to 41 in the second quarter of 2020

In the second quarter of this year, 60 active-duty military personnel committed suicide, compared to 41 in the second quarter of 2020

Experts have said the pandemic may be a factor in the increased suicide deaths.

“The pandemic has fundamentally changed us in many ways,” said military veterans and Texas A&M sociologist Jeffrey Yarvis. KWTX last week.

‘It creates a lot of isolation and can influence the cohesion, connectedness and togetherness of the unit. So if you’re a little more cut off from that family, I think it makes things difficult.”

Last month, the military released data showing that suicides in the armed forces rose by 15 percent in 2020, mainly in the army and marines departments. Last year there were 580 suicides, 76 more than in 2019.

In the Army National Guard, suicides rose 35 percent last year to 103, compared to 76 in 2019. Active-duty military personnel saw an increase of nearly 20 percent, from 47 to 62, and 10 members of the Marine Corps committed suicide last year. years compared to 9 in 2019.

“The findings are troubling,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Fox.

“The suicide rates among our servicemen and military families are still too high, and the trends are not going in the right direction.”

Last month, the military released data showing that suicides in the armed forces rose by 15 percent in 2020, mainly in the army and marines departments.  Last year there were 580 suicides, 76 more than in 2019

Last month, the military released data showing that suicides in the armed forces rose by 15 percent in 2020, mainly in the army and marines departments. Last year there were 580 suicides, 76 more than in 2019

Miranda Briggs founded Fight the War Within after her husband, Army Ranger Garrett Briggs, committed suicide in 2018.

In light of the recent suicide spike in the armed forces, she and members of her 501(c) Foundation have stepped up their efforts to reach soldiers and provide them with resources for post-traumatic stress disorder.

“You remember that by touching one life or influencing one life, you can help so many other people,” she told KWTX.

“We can’t turn back the clocks and bring back service workers like my husband, but we can remember them by trying to help other people who are here and that’s how they live on.”

“The findings are troubling,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said, according to Fox. ‘Suicide rates among our servicemen and military families are still too high, and the trends are not going in the right direction’

This summer, Brown and Boston Universities’ Cost of War Project reported that the 7,052 servicemen killed in the post-9/11 wars pales in comparison to the 30,177 veterans killed by suicide during that period.

“Unless the US government and American society make significant changes in how we deal with the mental health crisis among our military and veterans, suicide rates will continue to rise,” the research paper warned.

“Those are war costs that we can’t accept.”

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