By Bill Briggs, NBC News contributor
“More soldiers took their own lives than died in combat during 2012, new Department of Defense figures show. The Army’s suicide rate has climbed by 9 percent since the military branch launched its suicide-prevention campaign in 2009.”
“Army suicides have increased by at least 54 percent since 2007 when there were 115 a number the Washington Post then called “an all-time record.” An Army spokesman said Wednesday [Jan. 2] it is uncertain if 177 marks a new annual high (with December numbers still to come), or if suicides have ever outpaced combat deaths in a single year, because the Army has not always tracked suicides.”
The Army can “spin” this any way they choose, however this statistic signifies a huge issue, especially here at JBLM!