The Pentagon reports 38 Army suicides in July, the worst month on record. The picture is nearly as bleak in the other branches of the military and much worse among veterans. “For every soldier killed in war this year, about 25 veterans now take their own lives,” reports Nicholas Kristof in a moving piece in the New York Times last Sunday.
As writers of the Military Health Report, we’ve been following media coverage of the issue for some time and note sadly that it seems only to be getting worse. Upwards of 600 active-duty service members killed themselves in 2009 and 2010, more than were lost in combat. If the trend continues, 2012 will see no improvement.