Report finds relationship between war and suicide attempts

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A new report says failed personal relationships, legal and financial problems and the stress of their jobs are factors in what motivates soldiers to commit suicide.

The report says 99 U.S. soldiers killed themselves last year, the highest rate of suicide in the Army in 26 years. The report also finds a significant relationship between suicide attempts and the number of days deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan or nearby countries where troops are participating in the war effort.

Officials have said about 35 percent of soldiers are seeking some kind of mental health treatment a year after returning home, under a program that screens returning troops for physical and mental health problems.

Investigations are still pending on two other deaths. If they are confirmed as suicides, the number for last year would be 101.

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