Military family suicide tracked for first time in DOD report
WASHINGTON — For the first time, the Defense Department has gathered data on military family members who died by suicide – 186 in 2017 – according to a new report released Thursday.
The DOD started to track family members for its first-ever Annual Suicide Report because they are “an integral part of our military community,” said Karin Orvis, director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office at the Pentagon.
Since this is the first year of data on spouses and family members age 12 to 23, the Pentagon is cautious about assessing any trends, Orvis said.
“We don’t know if this is a typical year, if this would be an atypical year; we won’t know until we continue to collect this data annually,” she said.
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