According to internal Army documents, reported in previous years, and yesterday again by CNN, the number of attempted suicides or self-inflicted injuries in U.S active duty soldiers is rising at an alarming rate. This figures, derived principally from those serving in or returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have gone from approximately 350 in 2002 to more than 2,100 last year (2007). The number of suicides among active military service members, reached their highest level since the Army began keeping such records in 1980, 121 suicides in 2007, 20% higher than in the previous year.
Casualty, defined by Webster’s is “a military person lost through death, wounds, injury, sickness, internment, or capture or through being missing in action” or, “b: a person or thing injured, lost, or destroyed.” Casualty figures for U.S. and coalition forces, both civilian and military in Afghanistan and Iraq are reported at this site. American deaths in Iraq now approach 4,000 since the war began, with over 50,000 serious injuries, including over 8,000 severe limb injuries and estimated amputations, anywhere from 423 to almost 1,000 in other reports. Iraqi civilian deaths have been estimated at over 100,000 and total casualties over 832,00 since the U.S. invasion.