I question the accuracy of this study and agree with the following excerpt from this New York Times article today:
Critics of the study said that because its analysis ended with data from 2008, it might underestimate the impact of multiple deployments and traumatic brain injuries caused by roadside bombs.“Why would the authors repeatedly insist that there is no association between combat and suicide?” asked Dr. Stephen N. Xenakis, a psychiatrist and a retired Army brigadier general. “The careful analysis of bad data generates poor evidence.”
The study appears to shift “blame” for suicides onto the men and women who are serving our country. Doesn’t this equate blaming the victim? Members of our military are not robots; they’re human beings, responding to crisis as any human would do.