Friday, October 28, 2016

Six Months Equals 221 Military Suicides?

For the first half of this year there have been 120 Active Duty Service Members and another 101 Reserve/National Guard members committed suicide. 

The total for 2015 was 266 Active Duty and 212 Reserve/National Guard members. 

DOD 2nd Quarter Suicide Report 2016
In the second quarter of 2016, the military services reported the following:
 57 deaths by suicide in the Active Component
 23 deaths by suicide in the Reserves
 23 deaths by suicide in the National Guard
Just look at this chart from the Department of Defense.
Just a reminder, the reported count of veterans committing suicide is from the Department of Veterans Affairs. They do not track active and the DOD does not track veterans.

Do you think it is time to change what they are doing? So why is it obvious to us and not them?