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On Deployment and Military Suicide Risk

Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP1
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1National Center for Veterans Studies, The University of Utah, Salt Lake City
JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(9):949-950. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0671.
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To the Editor The study by Reger et al1 published in JAMA Psychiatry reported that deployment history was not associated with suicide death among military personnel who had deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Their results converge with several previously published studies2,3 but contradict findings obtained from other studies,4 thereby again raising the question about whether deployment is a risk factor for suicide among military personnel.


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June 1, 2015
Mark A. Reger, PhD; Derek J. Smolenski, MPH, PhD; Nancy A. Skopp, PhD; Melinda J. Metzger-Abamukang, BS; Han K. Kang, DrPH; Tim A. Bullman, MA; Sondra Perdue, DrPH; Gregory A. Gahm, PhD
1National Center for Telehealth and Technology, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Washington
2Institute for Clinical Research, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington DC VA Medical Center, Washington, DC
3Post-Deployment Health Strategic Healthcare Group, Office of Public Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
4Healthcare Leadership, University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma
JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(6):561-569. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.3195.
September 1, 2015
Mark A. Reger, PhD; Nancy A. Skopp, PhD; Derek J. Smolenski, PhD, MPH
1National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), Joint Base Lewis McChord, Tacoma, Washington
JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(9):950-951. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0676.
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