Army suicides for 2012 surpass last year's numbers

Associated Press Published: November 15, 2012
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Suicides among National Guard and Reserve soldiers who are not on active duty are also on pace to surpass last year's numbers. According to the Army, there were 13 potential suicides — nine Army Guard and four Army Reserve — in October, bringing the year's total to 114. The total for 2011 was 118.

"Suicide is preventable, and its prevention is a shared responsibility among all members of the Army family," said Gen. David Rodriguez, head of U.S. Army Forces Command. "We all must take the time to do a self-inventory to assess the presence and impact of stressors in our lives. Of equal importance is the awareness of the needs of others around us. There are no bystanders in our Army family."

The Army is the only military service that issues monthly statistics on suicides.



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