Among 'Civilian Soldiers,' Suicide Rate Explodes
86 non-active-duty National Guard soldiers have killed themselves this year
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2010 9:52 AM CST
Members of the Iowa National Guard 1133rd Transportation Co. bow during invocation.   (AP Photo/The Globe Gazette, Bryon Houlgrave)

(Newser) – In the first 10 months of 2010, 86 National Guard soldiers who were not on active duty took their own lives—a sad figure made even more depressing by the fact that it's nearly double the figure for all of 2009. Last year, 48 non-active-duty Guard soldiers killed themselves, and the reason for the jump in suicides among these "citizen soldiers" remains unclear, reports USA Today. The deputy commander of an Army task force focused on reducing suicides say investigations into their death have revealed factors ranging from home foreclosures to relationship problems to combat stress.

He notes that soldiers on active duty have easier access to mental health resources, which may be having a positive effect: Among active-duty Army soldiers and National Guard members, there have been 132 suicides for the year through October, compared to 140 in the same period last year.

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Nov 26, 2010 9:37 PM CST
Can you imagine what these poor people went through when overseas. And the typical soldier personality type is probably to want to be strong, in control, and not need any help, probably when they don't even realize they truly do. These people deserve as much outpour of compassion and help as possible, and I hope new ways can be found to get this awful statistic down. We have an obligation to look out for our troops.
Nov 26, 2010 9:27 PM CST
A pathetic circumstance to find Americans would rather kill themselves than continue subjecting themselves to the war criminal military's genocodal practices. Stop the war! Defy the Generals.
Nov 26, 2010 11:00 AM CST
Never let your children or friends enlist in the military, stay in school.