National Guard Try To Stop Suicides Among Veterans
Military Suicide Rates Double National Average
By MIKE BOWERSOCK
Published: November 04, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio --
Inside a classroom near Beightler Armory Thursday, a group of mostly Ohio National guardsmen learned how to better diagnose their fellow soldiers who may be on the brink of committing suicide.
"Historically the suicide rate in the military, in the Army has been lower than the national average. But about two years ago, we started to go above the national average," said Ohio National Guard Capt. Nick Chou.
The suicide rate in the general public is about 11 people per 100,000, but among veterans it's 20 per 100,000.
The reason? It seems veterans, reserve, guard, and active military have come into a perfect storm of stress
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Suicides Among Veterans