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Active Duty Suicides See Slight Increase

According to a new report released this week by the Pentagon, there was a slight increase in the number of active duty suicides in the second quarter of 2015 compared to the second quarter of 2014.

Within the active component, the number of suicides in the second quarter of 2013 was 60, compared to 70 in 2014 and 71 in 2015. For the Army and Navy, there were decreases in the number of suicides from the second quarter of 2014 to the second quarter of 2015, while the number of suicides in the Air Force and the Marine Corps increased. For the Reserve Component, the number of suicides in the second quarter of 2015 was 47, while in the second quarter of 2014 this number was 34. The annual Department of Defense Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which includes suicide attempts and deaths, is available here.

In IAVA’s Member Survey, 47 percent of respondents know at least one Iraq or Afghanistan veteran who has attempted suicide, while 40 percent of respondents know someone who has died by suicide, up three points from 2013. A staggering 31 percent of respondents have thought about taking their own life since joining the military.

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