Friday, November 9, 2018

Reporter gave FUBAR veteran suicide report!

If you read the "story" by Nara Schoenberg of the Chicago Tribune, about "17 veterans committing suicide per day" demand accountability from her! 
This is what she reported.
"In 2016, the age- and gender-adjusted suicide rate for veterans was 26 per 100,000 — 1.5 times higher than the rate for nonveterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A frequently quoted 2012 VA report found that 22 veterans committed suicide per day, but that figure included active-duty troops, Stars and Stripes reported in June. Stars and Stripes broke down more recent VA numbers, reporting there are 21 military suicides a day, including 17 by veterans and four by active-duty service members, Guardsmen and reservists."
Either she is misinformed or the VA and the DOD are! 

This is from the DOD, and if you add them up, it is an average of 500 a year, which is not even 2 per day.

Where did she get 4? Where did she get the numbers from at all?

Easy, from an article that was not only corrected, it was explained, and oh, BTW, it was on Military Times.

"Franklin said to VA researchers, the data shows that the rate of suicides among former service members has remained steady at around 20 a day, and the rate among currently serving troops sits just above one person a day."

This is the link to the last DOD Suicide report for up to June of 2018. They put it out for every quarter, as they have done going back to 2012. Do you think she should have at least did a basic search to find it?

These are the links to the VA reports and the chart from the latest one they did.

We will never change the deadly outcome as long as reporters DO NOT DO THEIR JOBS AND TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY~ instead of being FUBAR!

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