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Suicide Among US Military Personnel—Reply

Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD1
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1National Center for PTSD, US Department of Veterans Affairs, White River Junction, Vermont
JAMA. 2015;314(1):84-85. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5757.
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In Reply Suicide is an urgent problem for all US military services, their components, and their commands as well as the United States. Because this is such a high priority, the US Army and the National Institute of Mental Health jointly funded the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS) to identify “modifiable risk and resilience factors for suicidality that could be used to target effective preventative interventions for Army suicides … .”1 In my From The JAMA Network article regarding the first 3 Army STARRS articles, I concluded that these results provide sufficient information to suggest improvements in current suicide prevention and policy.

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July 7, 2015
Philip M. Flatau, MD
1Air Force Special Operations, Hurlburt Field, Florida
JAMA. 2015;314(1):84. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.5742.
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