The number of British soldiers or veterans who committed suicide in 2012 is 20 percent higher than the number of those who dies in action in Afghanistan last year.
Figures from the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) show 21 serving soldiers and 29 veterans took their own lives in 2012 while only 44 British nationals dies in Afghanistan over the period of whom 40 were killed in action. The figure of soldiers’ suicides were obtained by the BBC’s Panorama program under freedom of information regulations while the program used other sources to find the number of veterans who killed themselves over the year. This comes as the report cited MoD figures as showing the number of Afghan war soldiers developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD) has more than doubled in three years, from 108 in 2009 to 231 in 2012. The ministry says it has deployed a total of 134,780 soldiers to Afghanistan since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001. The invasion of Afghanistan has so far cost Britain 444 soldiers’ lives as 7,900 British troops remain deployed in the South Asian country.