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Pentagon takes steps to slow the crisis of suicide among a raft of new military forces Thursday's report showed the pace of self-inflicted deaths - and all service members - barely be military suffered during 2012 rate has budged so far this year.

Military Suicide Rate Still High Despite Hard Fight To Stem Deaths

Pentagon takes steps to slow the crisis of suicide among a raft of new military forces Thursday's report showed the pace of self-inflicted deaths - and all service members - barely be military suffered during 2012 rate has budged so far this year.

One suicide every 18 hours Speed ​​- Through April, U.S. Army, active duty military, reservists and National Guard members in the 2013 suicide of a possible 161. Troops, the largest contingent of armed forces, reported 109 suicides during the first four months.

Last year's self-inflicted casualties outstripped the number of soldiers killed in battle when all active-duty, Reserve and National Guard members from every branch of every 17 hours, according to data collected, it was not a suicide.

"We still have the same problem with intensiveness are continuing to fight," Cynthia O. Smith, a Pentagon spokesman said. "We still located in the Department of Defense focused on the prevention of suicide are. Going by the service members that they need to prevent this type of incident is appropriate health 're taking to make sure we can do everything.

"It concerns us deeply."

The military has suffered in recent years in the number of suicides new initiatives and programs aimed at stemming the epidemic has brought. Create advocated more troops to Afghanistan, but the rates are not afraid to climb in the coming years.

Research published last week while in Afghanistan and Iraq multiple IED blasts near U.S. military survivors now to harm themselves are most at risk, experts are worried that the. Or concussions - suffered several mild traumatic brain injuries who are they to make the connection the first study with a high risk of suicide.

"We are starting to see now: it is built, it increases the risk of suicide is the plural of the brain injuries," Craig Bryan, lead author of the study, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Utah and Associate Director of the National Center for veterans studies.

Some reporting as many as 15 - 161 soldiers serving in Iraq research team surveying the connections, TBIs have been made ​​to determine the Jama Medical Journal published last week According to the study, in the sustained dedication of suicidal thoughts or behavior Psychiatry.

One in five surveyed veterans who had sustained more than one TBI also experienced thoughts about — or preoccupation with — suicide, the study found. For patients who received one TBI, 6.9 percent reported having suicidal thoughts. And the soldiers surveyed who never were diagnosed with a TBI reported no suicidal ideations, the study showed. Marine Sgt. Jeremy Lattimer, 26, who earned a Bronze Star for his 2009 actions in Afghanistan, can count at least three concussions he’s sustained through sports and combat — moments when he briefly lost consciousness.

Military doctors believe he sustained a mild TBI in 2005 during an IED detonation. Six years later, he developed speaking, hearing and sleep problems often affiliated with mild brain injuries. A brain scan later confirmed that Lattimer had suffered a past TBI, he said. But some of “the biggest blasts” that he and his fellow unit members experienced in combat came from their own outgoing rockets, added Lattimer, an outpatient at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he’s receiving TBI treatment and therapy.

“They put out a tremendous blast wave. One (firing episode) was close enough to ring my bell more intensely than the IEDs that went off in my vicinity,” Lattimer said. “To get back into my train of thought, to read my GPS, it took a minute or two before my brain kicked back in. It’s like you’re in a daze.”

The Pentagon’s own tally shows 266,810 service members received a traumatic brain injuries between 2000 and 2012. More than 80 percent of those TBIs were not deployment-related cases. Many occurred amid crashes of privately owned cars and military vehicles.

In March, more than 50 members of Congress formally asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to investigate whether mild TBIs sustained in American troops may be fueling the military’s suicide crisis.



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