Study challenges link between combat and suicide

CHICAGO (AP) — A big military study says combat appears to have little or no influence on suicide rates among U.S. troops and veterans.

The new findings challenge conventional thinking about some of war’s effects on the psyche.

The study found that the same things that increase suicide risks in the general population do so in the military. These factors are depression and other mental illness; alcohol problems and being male.

The results echo smaller studies but the authors say this is the first to take a long-term look at a sampling from the entire military population.

A recent increase in military suicides has raised concerns about a possible link with deployment.

The new findings were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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