US military suicides surged to 349 last year higher than American combat deaths in Afghanistan causing some experts to predict that it will get much worse this year. The causes range from anxiety over a shrinking force in the combat zone to severe strain on military personnel with over a decade of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. By no means are these the only reasons, the Pentagon has stressed the need to understand what causes active duty troops to take their own lives. The suicide figure exceeds the 295 Americans who died in Afghanistan last year and some in Congress are pressing the Pentagon to do more. “Now that we’re decreasing our troops and they’re coming back home, that’s when they’re really in the danger zone, when they’re transitioning back to their families, back to their communities and really finding a sense of purpose for themselves,” said Kim Ruocco, whose husband, Marine Maj. John Ruocco, killed himself between Iraq deployments in 2005. She directs a suicide prevention program for a support group, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS.
The problem is ongoing and the Pentagon has made suicide prevention a priority. David Rudd, a military suicide researcher and dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Utah, said he sees two main categories of troops who are committing suicide at an accelerating pace: Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffering from depression, post-traumatic stress or substance abuse, and those who have not gone to war but face troubled personal relationships, money problems or legal woes. He does not see a decline soon he actually is predicting an increase in military suicides.
It is sad but true. Not only our military, but U.S. civilians are committing suicide with no help from our government. The government needs to put the people not themselves first. The great amount of stress service personnel is under is more than anyone could understand but we can at least try. For what the government pays them to defend our country, the government could at least take an interest when they come home or offer services for them on the field. It is sad the decline of humanity in the world. The stresses for us at home just escalate a growing a problem for those who come home, so listen Obama and Congress get your ducks in a row and handle what you seem to be ignoring. The private interest seems to rule the roost instead of policies and spending that benefit the people.