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Our Treasured Military And Rocketing Suicide Rates

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We celebrate and honor those that have and are serving our country. It is a day that is too short but the appreciation we have in our hearts is real. What also is very real is the rapidly increasing suicides by military personnel.

I advocate for the cause and it’s hard to read, but here are the facts:

  • 95 percent of military suicides are among enlisted members.
  • 41 percent had a recent outpatient behavioral health service.
  • 38 percent had served in Afghanistan or Iraq.
  • 47 percent are under the age of 25.
  • 34 percent had communicated their suicide intent.
  • 20 percent had been prescribed antidepressants. (Source : CDC)


Military suicide deaths have outnumbered combat deaths for the past 3 years. On average, there is one every 27 hours.

I don’t have the answers. I wish I did. I am a never ending tape, tirelessly asking people to come out of the shadows and talk about it. Don’t be ashamed. Don’t be afraid to TALK.

I only know that we send these heroes out to protect us and they are struck with such depression and/or PTSD that they feel their only solution is to take their own lives.

My “adopted” mother and I were out shopping when she saw a man in camouflage stepping out of his car. She walked across the parking lot and said a simple Thank You – and then she stepped up on her tippy toes hugged him. With that, she came back. Wouldn’t it be WONDERFUL if this caught on?

If you know a military man or woman, let’s don’t feel shy about asking them how they are doing.

If they need to talk the number to call is 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.


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Our Treasured Military And Rocketing Suicide Rates

Leslie Hull

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APA Reference
Hull, L. (2012). Our Treasured Military And Rocketing Suicide Rates. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 16, 2018, from


Last updated: 13 Nov 2012
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Nov 2012
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