Tuesday, February 5, 2008

suicide post Abu Ghraib

In November of last year, CBS concluded a five-month, national investigation into veteran suicide. What they discovered exposes another shocking cost of war. CBS reports that in 2005, 120 veterans took their own lives each and every week -- or 17 a day.

It found that veterans were more than twice as likely to commit suicide in 2005 than non-vets.

One age group stood out. Veterans aged 20 through 24, those who have served during the war on terror. They had the highest suicide rate among all veterans, estimated between two and four times higher than civilians the same age.

My note: Very unlikely these figures included elderly vets.

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