Suicides among members of the military and veterans made a significant decline in the past two months, but researchers also discovered that 37% of soldiers who participated in the war in Afghanistan were seeking health care at Veteran Affairs clinics for illnesses that were being diagnosed as stemming from mental disorders. One may conclude that members of the active military are more reluctant to inform anyone they have mental issues, but once out of the service it appears more likely those individuals will talk about it at a VA hospital.
The interesting statistic coming out of the Pentagon is that suicides dropped rather dramatically over the past few months. No one knows why this is happening. Are Army programs for suicide prevention working? Are there other factors playing into the mix?