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Dramatic Jump in National Guard Suicides (video)

24 percent increase in Soldier suicides over 2009

ST PAUL, Minn - There's a dramatic jump in the number of US Soldiers taking their own lives, and Minnesota and Wisconsin are not out of the picture New data from the Pentagon shows six National Guard members in Wisconsin committed suicide in 2010, and five Soldiers each from Minnesota, Ohio, California, Arizona and North Carolina

Nationally, this is a 24 percent increase over 2009
The Minnesota National Guard's chief chaplain says they are doing everything they can to reach out to Soldiers and Airmen

"For the Minnesota National Guard suicides, the majority of those troops were never deployed to a war zone," Adjutant General Richard Nash said in a statement Thursday "some had not even attended basic training"

The Pentagon says in 2009 there were 80 non-active duty National Guard members and Reservists across the country who committed suicide Last year, that nearly doubled to 145 They don't know why, but there are many places where families can turn to for help

Locally, there's the state's Crisis Connection at 866-379-6363 For service members, there's LinkVet at 888-546-5838

Another excellent resource in Minnesota is the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon organization, found at beyondtheyellowribbonorg
 

Published : Thursday, 20 Jan 2011, 3:15 PM CST
by Tim Blotz / FOX 9 News
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