Thor Benson notes that suicide is now more common in the National Guard and Reserve than in the active duty Army:
National Guard and Reserve members do have access to mental health treatment, but they don’t have the same kind of environment that encourages them to use it. National Guardsmen and Reserve members are often not protected with the same level of attention that active troops might get. After they’re out, “They don’t get the long-term benefits of VA support that active duty folks get,” [Veterans 360 founder Rick] Collins says.
The kinds of problems these Guardsmen and Reservists face can be dire. “Their previous employers are supposed to hire them back, but often times they don’t,” he says. Collins explains that Reservists and Guardsmen returning to civilian life are often left jobless, broke, and suffering from PTSD.