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War Is Not the Answer
Mona Wasow, M.S.W.
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.641105
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Ms. Wasow is clinical professor emerita, School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association

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To the Editor: After reading the three articles in the July issue on suicide among U.S. veterans and active-duty service members (13), with their emphasis on suicide risks, rising rates of suicide, and the need for an increase in outpatient mental health staff to lower suicide rates, all I could think of was this: People go into the military and are trained to kill, and then they go into action where they see and perhaps engage in unimaginable horrors—and even get honored for it. Then we are surprised and concerned about their high suicide rates!

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Katz  IR;  Kemp  JE;  Blow  FC  et al:  Changes in suicide rates and in mental health staffing in the Veterans Health Administration, 2005–2009.  Psychiatric Services 64:620–625, 2013
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Luxton  DD;  Trofimovich  L;  Clark  LL:  Suicide risk among US service members after psychiatric hospitalization, 2001–2011.  Psychiatric Services 64:626–629, 2013
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Bickley  H;  Hunt  IM;  Windfuhr  K  et al:  Suicide within two weeks of discharge from psychiatric inpatient care: a case-control study.  Psychiatric Services 64:653–659, 2013
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