June Army suicide rate up
By The Post's Greg Jaffe in Checkpoint Washington:
The U.S. Army suffered 32 suicides in June, the highest number for a single month since the suicide rate in the Army began to spike in January 2009.
The boost in the suicide rate for June is likely being driven by the "continued stresses on the force" caused by the Iraq and Afghan wars, said Col. Chris Philbrick, the director of the Army's suicide prevention task force. The Army has poured extensive manpower and money into getting a handle on the suicide rate, and until last month had begun to see some tentative signs that the suicide rate was trending downward among active duty troops.
The June numbers, however, represent a disappointing setback, and suggest that after nine years of combat, the Army is showing some serious signs of strain. The initial results from the first two weeks of July suggest that the suicide rate for this month will not be as high.
| July 16, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
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