The public awareness of the association of psychological trauma with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide has been heightened recently. This awareness may be attributable to the public health burden of suicide as well as of comorbidity of major psychiatric disorders with suicide and suicidal behavior. The attacks of 9/11 and subsequent twin wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have made PTSD a household name. The media has paid close attention to a sharply increased suicide rate among service members and veterans in recent years. Unlike the response to the previous wars, both the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledged the role of military deployment in the increased suicide rate.

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