Wednesday, 9 March 2016
The Ministry of Defence confirmed that in 2012 seven serving soldiers were confirmed to have killed themselves, while a further 14 died in suspected suicides but inquests had yet to be held.
Although the Government does not record suicides among former soldiers, an investigation by the BBC's Panorama revealed that 21 serving soldiers and 29 veterans committed suicide in 2012.
The 50 suicides exceeds the 40 soldiers who died fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan during the same period.
Panorama obtained the total number of suicides by serving soldiers from a Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Defence. They also contacted every coroner in the country to ask for the names of soldiers and veterans who killed themselves in 2012 and analysed newspaper reports of coroners' inquests.
Lance Sergeant Dan Collins who survived a bomb blast while serving in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in 2009, killed himself on New Year's Eve in 2011 after suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the BBC reported. Read More HERE
(RG) Sadly this is nothing new and the harsh truth is the only reason the MOD may care is for recruiting purposes, the Government dont actually care about servicemen that kill themselves because it saves them money in pensions, the only time they will pay lip service is when the UK becomes involved in another Middle Eastern Folly.