USA Today (4/25, Zoroya) reports that new numbers reveal suicide rates in the military from 2006 onward were “slightly worse” than previously thought. The article states the “old, now-abandoned calculation…relied partly on an estimated figure” and that the new figures show the true suicide rate was close to one percent higher. The Pentagon now estimates that the suicide rate is close to 30 deaths per 100,000. Jacqueline Garrick, the director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, noted that “it took us time and effort to sit down and really just figure out a better way to do the math.”
— “War-years military suicide rate higher than believed,” Gregg Zoroya, USA Today, April 25, 2014.