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Combat Doesn’t Raise Risk of Suicide in the Military

Neither combat nor being stationed abroad increases the likelihood that U.S. soldiers will die by suicide, according to a seven-year study of active and former U.S. military members.

Rather, the risk factors for suicide are similar to those seen in the civilian population, according to the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. People at higher risk of dying by suicide were male, were depressed or bipolar, and had alcohol-related problems.