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Study: No Link Between Combat, Military Suicides

 
 
Posted Wednesday, August 7th 2013 @ 9am  by Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– People in the military kill themselves for the same reasons civilians do and there is no clear link between combat or deployment overseas and the military'ssurging suicide rate, according to a new study. Researchers, who tracked 150,000 soldiers from 2001 to 2008, found that most of those who killed themselves were heavy drinkers who suffered from depression or had been diagnosed with manic depression, CNN reports. Surprisingly, being deployed for longer than a year was associated with a lower risk of suicide.

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