Iraq war brings sixfold increase in US soldiers’ suicide attempts


This video from the USA addresses the question:

Why are veterans, active duty, and National Guard men and women opposed to the war in Iraq?

From CNN in the USA:

Every day, five U.S. soldiers try to kill themselves. Before the Iraq war began, that figure was less than one suicide attempt a day.

The dramatic increase is revealed in new U.S. Army figures, which show 2,100 soldiers tried to commit suicide in 2007.

“Suicide attempts are rising and have risen over the last five years,” said Col. Elspeth Cameron-Ritchie, an Army psychiatrist. …

Last year’s 2,100 attempted suicides — an average of more than 5 per day — compares with about 350 suicide attempts in 2002, the year before the war in Iraq began, according to the Army.

The figures also show the number of suicides by active-duty troops in 2007 may reach an all-time high when the statistics are finalized in March, Army officials said.

The video Forgotten Soldiers – USA, is here.

Suicide rate at 25-year high for middle-aged Americans: here.

1 thought on “Iraq war brings sixfold increase in US soldiers’ suicide attempts

  1. Pingback: United States Iraq veteran’s suicide note | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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