Army Col. Carl Castro, who is coordinating $50 million in research into suicide prevention and treatment.
"The core of the issue is that it's not that people who attempt suicide … want to harm themselves as much as they want the pain they're currently in to stop, and they don't see any other way out," Castro said.
The study also found that the soldiers often listed many reasons — an average of 10 each — for suicide, illustrating the complexity of the problem, Bryan said. Other common reasons included the urge to end chronic sadness, a means of escaping people or a way to express desperation.
"focus is on private weapons"... forget about the underlying issues of extreme depression, hopelessness and ptsd caused from multiple tours in the Middle East....no, it's the guns fault. What a bunch of BS!