Highest Number of Soldier Suicides Reported in July

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 8:29am

There is some disturbing news about suicide and the U.S. Army.

Military officials reported 38 confirmed or suspected soldier suicides in the month of July. 

That is the highest monthly count since the Army began keeping detailed statistics.

The number includes active and non-active duty soldiers in the Army National Guard and Reserve.
So far in 2012, the Army has confirmed 120 suicides.

In July, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta told a congressional committee the U.S. military was facing an "epidemic" of suicides.

He said it was in need of improvements in mental health services for active duty and returning troops.



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