Army Suicides Hit Record High – Again. Hayden’s Note Attached

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 in Police, Military, & War – Kevin Hayden

Source: Washington Post

The U.S. Army suffered a record 32 suicides in July, the most since it began releasing monthly figures in 2009.

Hayden’s Note:

How many times do I have to create articles regarding a new record for Military suicides?  Bring them home and stop this insane global war.  It is bankrupting this nation moreso than any other event.  Our Founding Fathers would spit upon our foreign policy.  They would turn their backs and cry about the monster that we have become.  Western-initiated, false uprisings in order to install puppet regimes… intervention in sovereign foreign affairs… occupation of multiple theaters… military bases in 170 countries… needless death and destruction… How about we trade with nations?  Why don’t we offer some economic incentive for them to play by the rules instead of bombing them back to the Stone Age?  Oh wait, we consider Stone Age terrorists as a threat, I forgot.

We don’t need to be over in Afghanistan rebuilding roads that we’ve bombed.  They don’t NEED roads.  They herd sheep for gawd sakes!  But the US military intervention provides a wonderful paycheck to defense contractors and offers incentives for international bankers, not to mention the natural resource theft occurring.  Libya is a prime example.  Sad.

The high number of deaths represents a setback for the Army, which has put a heavy focus on reducing suicides in recent years. The number includes 22 active duty soldiers and 10 reservists. The previous record was 31, from June 2010.

Army officials cautioned that investigations are still underway in most of the deaths to confirm the exact cause. 

“Every suicide represents a tragic loss,” Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, the vice chief of staff of the Army said in a written statement. “While the high number of potential suicides in July is discouraging, we are confident our efforts …are having a positive impact.”

Over the last several years, the Army has launched a major effort to institute new training to improve soldiers’ ability to bounce back from stress and setbacks in combat and in their personal lives. It has hired hundreds of mental health and substance abuse counselors and has launched a push to convince soldiers that seeking help for mental health problems will not have a negative impact on their careers.

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