Suicide rate continues to climb
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 18, 2010
June 16, 2010 — The U.S. Army’s newly-released suicide tally for June present a daunting picture of many soldiers’ dispair.
June saw 21 active duty U.S. soldiers take their own lives and 12 National Guard personnel and reservists commit suicide — a higher total than for any previous month on record.
Civilian contractors’ suicide rates are not reported.
As epiNewswire reported, Army epidemiologists were reporting to their superiors in March that they had identified combat deployments as a significant risk factor for soldiers’ suicide — contradicting the official line that there are no discernable correlations for the increasing suicide rate since 2004.
The combat deployment association was declared a “political hot potato” at a high-level meeting in March, and by April, the findings had been “re-analyzed” with “more rigorous” (but undisclosed) statistical analyses.
The new analysis showed no correlation between suicide and combat deployments.
Army scientists’ research on soldiers’ suicide rates in 2006 and 2007 were among the potentially sensitive studies censored by the Army under its obscure Actionable Medical Intelligence review program, the existence of which was first reported by epiNewswire in 2008.
So it goes.