DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – There is progress in keeping some of our service men and women happier and healthier, but there is another group that now needs the top brass’s attention.
Suicide numbers for our active duty men and women are lower than last year. Unfortunately, the same numbers for reservists and national guard are going up.
Overall, suicide totals for Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines were lower for active duty. In fact, they dropped by more than 15% last year.
Reservists and the guard are not so lucky. According to the Vice President of Military Affairs at Wright State University, because they are not full time, they may be slipping under the radar, sometimes with the military mission getting in the way of the continuity of care.
In 2006, the suicide rate in the Army alone was twice the U. S. civilian rate. Multiple deployments make it tougher.
Mental health issues are finally coming to the forefront and the government is finally allocating the resources, but the wait list is still very long.
Local veterans who need help with mental stresses can call 937-268-6511, ext. 1362 or call the Veterans Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.