Experts say many suicidal war vets don't seek counseling

10:33 PM, Feb 18, 2007   |    comments
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Studies show that post-traumatic stress disorder is common among war veterans. And many don't seek treatment. According to death records researched by the Star Tribune, 13 active-duty or discharged servicemen under age 30 committed suicide in Minnesota between January 2003 and last October. Most of those veterans did not seek counseling. In addition, studies show that soldiers are more likely to commit suicide than civilians. An Army study shows that in Iraq and Kuwait, 22 U-S soldiers killed themselves in 2005, nearly double the national rate. Another study shows that post-traumatic stress disorder is nearly four times as common in veterans of Army or Marine ground units in Iraq and Afghanistan than in servicemen in other units. Warning signs for suicide include depression, relationship problems or alcohol- and drug-abuse problems. The Department of Veterans Affairs says it's working to improve services for vets and it has programs to help.

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