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Suicide rate doubles for Army National Guard

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on January 20, 2011

With more contractors in the war zones than military you can be sure CNA, AIG, ACE are causing plenty of civilian contractor suicides by not providing diagnoses, treatment and by pushing them over the edge with the additional stress of their delays and denials. Even once an order is in place that the insurance company must provide treatment they still do not do it.

Washington (CNN) The U.S. Army announced Wednesday that the number of suicides rose again last year to almost one a day, despite major efforts to identify and help at-risk soldiers.

Suicides among active-duty soldiers actually declined for the first time in six years but the numbers increased among other soldiers, doubling in the Army National Guard.

The overall number of suicides for the 2010 calendar year was 343 — an increase of 69 over the previous year — and included self-inflicted deaths among active-duty soldiers, the National Guard, the Army Reserves, civilian employees of the Army and family members. The Army reported 156 active-duty suicides last year and 112 in the National Guard.

“The bottom line is this is a significant issue and clearly there is much to be done,” Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli said in a Pentagon briefing.

While active-duty and deployed soldiers are under constant observation and supervision, soldiers serving in the Reserves or National Guard who are not deployed may be off the Army radar for weeks at a time.

“The reality is we are able to more effectively influence those soldiers serving on active duty and help mitigate the stressors affecting them. Conversely it is much more difficult to do so with individuals not serving on active duty.” Chiarelli said. “They are often geographically separated, removed from the support network provided by the military installations. They lack the ready camaraderie of fellow soldiers and daily oversight and hands on assistance from members of the chain of command.”

For the National Guard, reasons for the suicides remain unclear and are not necessarily related to the stresses of war-fighting or finding work in a bad economy.

“It’s not a deployment problem because over 50% of the people that committed suicide in the National Guard in 2010 had never deployed,” Maj. Gen. Raymond Carpenter, acting director of Army National Guard, said Wednesday. “It is not a problem of employment because only about 15% of the people who committed suicide were in fact without a job.”

Carpenter said the solider suicide rate maybe a reflection of the problem for society as a whole, with Army suicides part of a national trend. Army suicides are less than one percent of national total, based on latest national suicide-rate numbers, which are from 2007, according to Chiarelli. Problems with relationships, substance abuse, the stresses of multiple deployments to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and other factors may all contribute.

“As we do the analysis, it is not a single thing. It is a combination of a group of things that come together,” Carpenter said.

Chiarelli said a tour in the U.S. Army puts a young American under as much stress in six years as civilians may experience in a lifetime. “I’m frustrated at every single suicide, every one is briefed to me, I receive reports in 36 hours on each one them,” he said. “I see the similarities; I see the differences.”

But he predicts new treatment and mental health evaluation programs and new awareness among military leaders will turn the trend around.

“I hope you are going to see these numbers go down significantly in the coming year,” Chiarelli said. Please see the original here

One Response to “Suicide rate doubles for Army National Guard”

  1. This is an excellent article. I’m sure the insurance companies are intentionally trying to use stress and delays to kill claimants or shorten their lives (when it saves the insurance companies money)

    The following definition of Psychopathic ( which is now known as Antisocial Personality Disorder ) is a perfect fit for the insurance companies employees and doctors’ who are destroying the lives of war zone contractors and injured American workers and disabled citizens :

    Diagnostic criteria for 301.7 Antisocial Personality Disorder

    A. There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three (or more) of the following:

    (1) failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors as indicated by repeatedly performing acts that are grounds for arrest

    (2) deceitfulness, as indicated by repeated lying, use of aliases, or conning others for personal profit or pleasure

    (3) impulsivity or failure to plan ahead

    (4) irritability and aggressiveness, as indicated by repeated physical fights or assaults

    (5) reckless disregard for safety of self or others

    (6) consistent irresponsibility, as indicated by repeated failure to sustain consistent work behavior or honor financial obligations

    (7) lack of remorse, as indicated by being indifferent to or rationalizing having hurt, mistreated, or stolen from another

    B. The individual is at least age 18 years.

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