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The Source: Military Suicides Remain Persistently High

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Military suicides since 2003 have now eclipsed the number of troops who died in the Iraq War. This is the seventh year suicides have remained unusually high, with the Pentagon reporting that 265 active-duty soldiers had killed themselves in 2015. That number, paired with the Reservists and National Guard, brings the suicide toll above 500 per year for 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Why do these numbers remain high, and what research is being done?


  • Dr. Alan Peterson, clinical psychologist and chief of behavioral medicine at the UT Health Science Center. He is also the director of the STRONG STAR consortium, the DoD funded program to research and alleviate PTSD.
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive