DOD: Military suicides down from 2012

(WISH Photo/Brett Bensley, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The number of people in the military who commit suicide is going down.

A report released by the Department of Defense says 479 service members took their own lives last year. That’s down from 522 suicides in 2012.

Senator Joe Donnelly, who is a member of the armed services committee, says the numbers are going in the right direction, but there’s still not enough being done.

“We know that there’s so much more work ahead of us and that the things I’ve been talking about, such as platoon commanders and commanders at the initial level, that the more training they have, the lower the suicide rate will be,” Sen. Donnelly said.

Donnelly has been working to get the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act passed. The act, which focuses on mental health services for military members, will be considered by the full Senate later this year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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