Soaring Army Suicide Rates Hit Another New Record in July

Military Blames It On Troops ‘Spending More Time at Home’

There are plenty of metrics in the assorted US wars that just seem to get worse and worse, but none is more glaring than this: in July, the US Army lost 38 people to suicides, the highest number for a single month in history.

Grim figures about increasing suicide rates have been coming for years, and each time the military has sought a new excuse, recently trying to blame the problem on “drug abuse” and insisting the wars have very little to do with it.

Today’s figures came with another new excuse, and one perhaps even more galling than the efforts to make it nothing about the war. Army analyst Bruce Shahbaz suggested the troops are killing themselves because they’re not being sent to war as much anymore.

“With the draw-down of troops from combat, soldiers are spending more time at home and the emotional adjustments have become a struggle,” the argument goes. Interestingly the figures are dramatically higher than pre-2001, when the bulk of the military was spending virtually all of its time at home.

By J Ditz

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  1. Mani 5 years ago

    If he signed up for the Survivor Benefit Plan while he was still alive and paid the prmmiues out of his retired pay, his widow will receive up to 55% of his monthly retired pay for the remainder of her life if she doesn’t remarry. She also gets to keep her ID card, with complete base privileges.The VA will pay for a grave marker. Social Security will pay out $250 towards final disposition of his mortal remains.Someone needs to contact the Army Finance Center at Indianapolis and let them know he has passed away, with provision of a copy of the death certificate as well. The address for that activity should be available on a copy of his Retiree Account Statement (DFAS-CL 7220/148).

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