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    RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN Published: April 6, 2013

    LAST year, more active-duty soldiers committed suicide than died in battle. This fact has been reported so often that it has almost lost its jolting force. Almost.

    Worse, according to data not reported on until now, the military evidently responded to stress that afflicts soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan primarily by drugging soldiers on the front lines. Data that I have obtained directly from Tricare Management Activity, the division of the Department of Defense that manages health care services for the military, shows that there has been a giant, 682 percent increase in the number of psychoactive drugs — antipsychotics, sedatives, stimulants and mood stabilizers — prescribed to our troops between 2005 and 2011. That’s right. A nearly 700 percent increase — despite a steady reduction in combat troop levels since 2008.

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    War is hell and most Americans have no idea what deployed active duty members go through. Now, the real rub is some of these men and women have been deployed 3 and 4 and 5 or more times in the past decade. What most Americans don't appreciate is not the entire military is being deployed over and over again, but it's only the personnel with certain "specialties," like military police, explosives experts, psychological operations, etc. Because the military is so short-handed in these specialities, the same personnel end up being deployed over and over and over. After 3 or 4 deployments,.......well the suicide rates go up. I would like to see the occupational specialties of those who have committed suicide over the past decade. However, the military would never reveal this data.

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    Oh my.. This is just sad. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by jordanwhitman83 View Post
    Oh my.. This is just sad. :(
    Yes, it is very sad. Over 2,700 active duty military personnel have committed suicide over the past decade. 350 in 2012 alone. This does not include the former military members--veterans--who commit suicide at 22 per day. What's more sad is the military can't explain the increase in the number of suicides.

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