U.S. Military Suicide Rates

Kasey Oxendine

What is Suicide?

Full Definition of suicide. 1a : the act or an instance of taking one's own life voluntarily and intentionally especially by a person of years of discretion and of sound mindb : ruin of one's own interests <political suicide>c : apoptosis <cell suicide> 2 : one that commits or attempts suicide.

"Suicide+in+the+US+military - Google Search." Suicide+in+the+US+military - Google Search. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.

Exposed Truth of Military Suicides

"the United States Department of Defense announced the startling statistic that the number of military suicides in 2012 had far exceeded the total of those killed in battle—an average of nearly one a day. A month later came an even more sobering statistic from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: veteran suicide was running at 22 a day—about 8000 a year."

"Shocking Military Suicide Rates | The Veterans Suicide Epidemic | CCHR International." Shocking Military Suicide Rates | The Veterans Suicide Epidemic | CCHR International. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.

"Suicide has caused more American casualties than wars in Iraq and Afghanistan"

Newman, Bruce. N.p., n.d. Web.

"These kids go over and experience a life that's nothing like they've ever known," she says. "When they come out, to my knowledge there is no debriefing where they say, 'OK, we're taking you out of this and putting you back in society.' The military is more of a machine. It gets you in, it uses you, and it spits you out." (D. Faddis,)

Newman, Bruce. N.p., n.d. Web.

"Every day 22+ Veterans and 1 Active Duty Soldier take their own lives. Burdened with the stigma associated with mental health issues and the military “shame” surrounding PTS (Post Traumatic Stress), they instead turn to suicide as their only option to relieve suffering."

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"Those who need help or family and friends of those in a mental health crisis can talk to trained counselors via the toll-free Military Crisis Line, 800-273-8255."

Kime, Patricia. N.p., n.d. Web.