GQ MAGAZINE: More Than 113,500 Suicides Among Veterans and Service Members Since 9/11

Editor’s Note: GQ Magazine published last month, an article detailing Iraq veteran Daniel Wolfe’s 2014 suicide that happened live on social media.

Part of Wolfe’s story was a graphic chart on the latest estimated number of veterans and service members dead from suicide.

GQ Magazine reports 113,500 estimated suicides since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began.

TMSR believes the number is far higher. GQ Magazine is one of very few news media publications to inform its audience to the seriousness of the suicide epidemic.

Most news editors quote the “22 a day” statistic. Few ever quote the “100,000 suicides” statistic.

Why is that? Why does the American citizenry not know the 100,000 suicides statistic?

TMSR praises GQ Magazine for publishing the larger statistic.

Will Americans notice? And, if they do notice … will they care?

Click here to read Daniel Wolfe’s story.

Click here to view the graphic chart.

ANOTHER VA SUICIDE: Marine Corps Veteran Shoots Self at Florida VA Hospital

Suicide at Florida VA Hospital Reveals Pain Among Veterans

by Howard Altman
The Tampa Tribune, Aug. 26, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Ever since leaving the battlefields of Vietnam in 1968, Marine Corps veteran Gerhard Reitmann struggled with the horrific memories of the things he did and saw.

“It was a rough one,” said his brother, Stephan Reitmann. “Emotionally, it did a number on his mind.”

Gerhard Reitmann had trouble holding a job. He often kept to himself and, until recently, cut himself off even from his family.

On Tuesday, Reitmann’s struggle ended.

The man who once served as a guard at Camp David during the term of President Richard Nixon apparently took his own life while parked in his car on the southeast side of the sprawling campus of the Bay Pines VA Medical Center near Tampa, Fla., shortly after noon, according to officials from Bay Pines and the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office.

It was near Building 37, which houses the hospital system’s human resources, environmental management and inspector general’s offices.

Bay Pines police are investigating,

Reitmann, of St. Petersburg, Fla., was 66.

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Officials Report Another Two Active Duty Marines Dead From Suicide in Month of September; Reserve Statistics Unknown

MILITARY: Two Marine Suicides Reported in September

by Mark Walker
North County Times, Oct. 3, 2012

Two active-duty Marines took their own lives in September, the lowest monthly figure for the year since March.

The Marine Corps’ suicide prevention program office said in its monthly statistical report that another 11 of its troops attempted suicide, the fewest of any month in 2012.

So far this year, 41 Marines have committed suicide, surpassing the 32 recorded last year and 37 in 2010.

The Marine Corps recorded 52 suicides in 2009, the highest annual figure it has experienced.

Two female Marines are among this year’s suicides, according to the service’s demographic profile that accompanies its monthly report.

Nineteen of the suicides this year have been among married Marines.
Thirty-two of the 41 self-inflicted deaths were troops between the ages of 17 and 25.

Military officials say post-traumatic stress, substance abuse and family and relationship problems are the primary factors behind troop suicides.

Among its several initiatives to reduce self-inflicted deaths in its ranks, the Marine Corps is conducting a “forensic” study of recent suicides to see what those troops were doing in the days leading up to their deaths.

Officials say that information can help them identify troops at risk and get them help.

The Marine Corps operates a prevention hotline and website that can be reached at 877-476-7734 or

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