The Army Suicide Event Report, which tracks suicide attempts and completions and the factors involved, showed that in 2006 there were 99 suicides within the Army, 30 of which occurred in Iraq or Afghanistan. This is an increase from 87 suicides in 2005 and 67 in 2004. According to the report, the Armys suicide rate for 2006 was 17.3 suicides per 100,000 soldiers. This compares to the overall U.S. population rate, for the same age and gender group, of roughly 19 suicides per 100,000 people.
IF THIS DOD report was correct, then I have a VERY hard time accepting Kristof's numbers, unless I shouldn't be comparing the numbers I am.
OK- who are these veterans they are talking about? The implication is they are WOT vets, but I don’t buy it. I think they may be including anyone whoever served, which is probably much older and sicker physically than average WOT vets. Are they including elderly vets of war decades ago who may be killing themselves? I don’t buy the numbers, and I despise the phony compassion from leftists like Kristof.