Military Suicides Down

Posted at: 11/13/2013 10:46 PM
Updated at: 11/13/2013 11:05 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- A new report says suicides across the military have dropped more than 22 percent compared to last year. Military suicides reached a record high in 2012, exceeding the number of combat deaths in Afghanistan with 349 service members taking their own lives.

With roughly two months to go of the year, 245 suicides deaths have been reported among active-duty soldiers. That's 71 fewer than this time the year before. Is it because of programs out there that help with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? In this recent study, military officials were reluctant to pin the decline solely on prevention efforts, saying they still don't fully understand why troops take their own lives, as some of those suicide victims had never served on warfront.

Those we spoke with say, even with the decline, it's still too many. "I don't think we can call it an accomplishment. PTSD is a very serious topic. It is a silent killer. It’s not something that there are visible signs all the time to determine if you have PTSD or not. " said former U.S. Marine Gilmore.

Military officials would also not attribute the decrease to the end of the Iraq War and the drawn down in Afghanistan.