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Military Information and Resources

Experiencing a traumatic event is common among military service members who serve in hostile environments. Everyone reacts to traumatic experiences differently, and some service members or veterans may face emotional or psychological challenges such as feelings of anger, isolation, anxiety or guilt following an event or when they return home. These reactions, among others, can be common and expected responses to extraordinary events. 

However, for some service members or veterans, these feelings may be signs of more serious conditions, like depression or post traumatic stress disorder. Service members coping with these concerns may feel like there is no escape from their symptoms, leading them to have thoughts of suicide or engage in high risk behavior. 

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In 2012, the number of suicides, across all branches of the military, surpassed the number of combat deaths. In all, 349 service members took their own lives, and 295 died in combat. The highest number since the pentagon began gathering the data in 2001.

So far in 2013, military suicide rates are down. Every branch has seen a decrease, with the Navy down 28 percent, the Army 24 percent, the Air Force 21 percent and the Marine Corps 11 percent.

 

Military Suicide Prevention and related resources, links and downloadables

 

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