A Congressional briefing on preventing suicide in the U.S. military
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RAND Congressional Briefing

The War Within

Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military

Rajeev Ramchand
Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation


Terri Tanielian
Coleader, RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

2103 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

*refreshments will be provided*

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About the Program

Lengthy and multiple tours of duty are exacting a substantial toll on members of the U.S. armed forces. Until 2006, the year for which the most recent national suicide data are available, the suicide rate in the military was lower than among civilians of comparable age, sex, and racial profile. Since then, the military suicide rate has climbed higher, suggesting that this gap is narrowing and, for some services, the rate may actually exceed that of the comparable civilian population.

RAND recently published The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military, which addressed the following questions:

  • What is the suicide rate in the military services, and who is at risk for suicide?
  • What is the Department of Defense doing to prevent suicides?
  • How does the science suggest suicides can best be prevented, and how might the military benefit from this science?

Please join us to hear these findings and recommendations, informed by research conducted in both the civilian and military sectors for the Department of Defense.

How to Attend

Register online or contact Jesseca Boyer at jesseca_boyer@rand.org or (703) 413-1100, ext. 5196.

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About the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research

The goal of the Center for Military Health Policy Research is to help Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs meet the challenges of providing the best care possible to this diverse population, while containing costs. Visit us online to learn more about the Center or contact Terri Tanielian at territ@rand.org or Sue Hosek at sue@rand.org.

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