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Suicide and Service Members: Suicide Increases While Combat Decreases

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University of Indiana, East Richmond United States

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This paper explores the risk factors, reasons, and solutions to the suicide rate among military service members and veterans with a concentration on 2011 statistics of United States Army service members. The suicide rate among military service members and veterans has increased from the year 2001 through 2012 although combat specifically has decreased. This paper examines the data provided in the Department of Defense DOD for the Department of Defense Suicide Evaluation Report DODSER, Calendar Year 2011 Annual Report 2012 as well as other articles to suggest that implementation of better suicide prevention programs by the Army and other Department of Defense services, as well as programs for friends and family of service members, will positively influence a lower suicide rate among service members and veterans. It has also been noted that the reduction of stigma against mental illness and seeking help must continue to be reduced in order to lessen the rates of suicide. Research was conducted with online sources Internet and offline sources non-Internet.

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  • Psychology
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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