This file photo shows a US soldier in Afghanistan.
A shocking new report reveals that for every US soldier killed this year about 25 war veterans have committed suicide.
According to a New York Times
article published on April 14, an American soldier dies every day and a half, on average, in Iraq or Afghanistan while veterans kill themselves at a rate of one every 80 minutes.
The article also said more than 6,500 veteran suicides are logged every year -- more than the total number of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined since those wars began.
One reason for veteran suicides may be post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), along with a related condition, traumatic brain injury, according to the article.
One study found that by their third or fourth tours in Iraq or Afghanistan, more than one-quarter of soldiers had such mental health problems, the article added.
Preliminary figures suggest that being a veteran now roughly doubles one’s risk of suicide. The article quoted a study in The American Journal of Public Health
which said for young men aged 17 to 24, being a veteran almost quadruples the risk of suicide.
The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003.
According to official figures released by the website icasualties.org
, 1,936 American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since October 2001.
A total of 4,486 American soldiers have also been killed in Iraq since 2003.