Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Combat PTSD Timeline: 41 Stateside OEF/OIF Suicides

I've been tracking reports of stateside suicide, murder/suicide, and other post-combat deployment incidents since last September; ePluribus Media has been fact-checking and housing the data in their PTSD Timeline since December of last year. The stats are hard to come by, especially in cases of stateside suicide: the DOD does not appear to make note of these cases, and most families probably don't report their family member's suicide to the media.

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From published reports, however, the current totals as of 5/01/06 for incidents of Iraq and Afghanistan veteran self and outwardly projected violence are as follows:

  • Murder/suicides: 9 (18 deaths total)
  • Suicides: 32
  • Attempted suicides: 4
In addition, we've tracked 30 murders and 6 attempted murders to recently returned veterans from the combat zone. The reason for this work? To highlight the need for more resources and better reintegration programs for our returning troops so that not one more slips through the cracks.

Learn more about the PTSD Timeline project; and if you have an incident to report, please email me.

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