Gillibrand Calls For Hearing On Suicides
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following a U.S. Department of Defense that showed an increase in military suicides, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee, is calling for a Senate hearing on suicides among service members and their families.
According to the DoD report, 541 service members died by suicide in 2018, and the active duty suicide rate was 24.8 per 100,000 service members. The number of suicides in 2018 represents an increase from 21.9 in 2017 and 18.7 in 2013. The increase is especially prevalent among younger enlisted service members.
“This report is extremely troubling, and we all should have many questions about why more and more of our service members are taking their lives,” Gillibrand said.