Ninety-nine U.S. soldiers killed themselves last year, the highest rate of suicide in the Army in 26 years, a new report says. More than one out of four soldiers who committed suicide did so while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to a report scheduled to be released Thursday. Iraq was the most common deployment location for U.S. soldiers who either attempted suicide or committed suicide.
The report, which The Associated Press obtained ahead of its public release, said the 99 confirmed suicides among active duty soldiers compared to 88 in 2005 and was the highest raw number since the 102 suicides reported in 1991, the year of the Persian Gulf War, when there were more soldiers on active duty.
Investigations are still pending on two other deaths and if they are confirmed as suicides, the number for last year would be 101 instead of 99.
In a half million-person Army, last year's suicide toll translates to a rate of 17.3 per 100,000, the highest in the past 26 years, officials report. The rate has fluctuated over those years, with the low being 9.1 per 100,000 in 2001.
Failed personal relationships, legal and financial problems and the stress of their jobs were factors motivating the soldiers to commit suicide, according to the report. It also found a significant relationship between suicide attempts and the number of days deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan or nearby countries where troops were participating in the war effort.
All this yet Shrub and Co. keep yelling "progress" BULLSHIT!!!!! What is amazing is that on Shrub #1 and #2 watch we have had more soldiers commit suicide than during any other Presidents watch! This is just more proof for anyone that still doubts, that this BASTARD is a total and complete FUCK UP! Not only is he a FUCK UP he IS FUCKING UP our Troops! So much for progress huh? That's not counting that we STILL have soldiers from Shrub #1 war that are still fighting "Gulf War Syndrome". How we managed to let not just one but TWO DICTATORS run our country is beyond me. You think we would have learned our lesson after the first FUCK UP but apparently some people didn't. Let's just hope that we NEVER make the same mistake again!!!!!