#1 Cause of Death for Active Military is Suicide

December 10, 2014—About 30 percent of all military deaths in 2012 and 2013 were suicides, surpassing death by disease and combat. Stats for 2014 come out next year.

From the article at USA Today:

The fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan accounted for anywhere from one out of three deaths in the military—in 2005 and 2010—to more than 46 percent of deaths in 2007, during the height of the Iraq surge, according to the chart.

More than 6,800 troops have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11 and more than 3,000 additional service members have taken their lives in that same time, according to Pentagon data.

Read the whole article here.

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