Suicide Now Killing More U.S. Troops Than Combat Overseas, Statistics Show; Families Suffering the Aftermath

Army Capt. Ian Morrison, a 2007 West Point graduate and Apache helicopter pilot at Fort Hood, Texas, took his own life March 21, 2012 after he called the DoD suicide hotline for help, but was placed on hold for more than an hour, his wife Rebecca said. Later that evening, Morrison fatally shot himself in the head. His wife came home from night school and found his body inside their Copperas Cove, TX, home. Ian was 26. “He was one of the best and brightest that the Army had,” said Rebecca Morrison. “He tried six times to get help. We need to know and we need to really take it to heart that when someone comes in to get help, that they really need it.” (DoD)

Suicide Rate Now Higher Than Combat Toll

by Jane Cowan
The World Today/ABC News, June 26, 2012

New statistics from the war in Afghanistan have revealed more American soldiers are now dying through suicide, rather than in combat. The spike in the number of troops taking their own lives is causing concern at the highest levels of the Obama administration, with the Defence Secretary Leon Panetta admitting he’s ‘very concerned’.

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2 Responses

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