The article and the numbers I quoted were for active duty Army AND Army Guard and Army Reservists who were “not-on-active-duty”. I used the 325 suicide number because this is what the Army said in their news release which CNN reported in their article.
Specifically, the article said “182 active duty suicides were reported (130 confirmed and 52 still under investigation) while 96 National Guard and 47 Army Reserve (total 143)were reported for an Army-wide total of 325.”
Not stated in the article is the obvious fact that many Guard and Reservists who are not currently on active duty did serve in Afghanistan and Iraq and who may be suffering from PTSD or whatever other causes lead to a person suiciding.
I see you point on separating the apples from oranges but the Army is not doing so, so why should you?
Thanks for your reply.
The 8008 number is for total suicides committed by all veterans, you then cite numbers for "active duty" as well as reservists, thus you are mixing apples and oranges.
Before you comment on "fact checking" you should have your facts in order.