U.S. Army suicides hit a record in July. According to government figures, released on Thursday, 38 active-duty and reserve soldiers took their own lives, reports Politico.com.

In June, there were 24 military suicides.

Tom Tarantino, legislative director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, told Politico.com: "I was pretty shocked when I saw the number. This has been a continuous problem. This really stems from the military, and the [Department of Veterans Affairs], for that matter, basically the entire military and veteran community, really coming to this issue several years late.”

“It really wasn’t until 2007-2008, really 2009, that they started thinking about it at the level they need to be thinking about it. But until we get that sergeant, that lieutenant, that captain, that corporal to get it, it’s going to take a long time until we turn the tide on this.”

U.S. Army officials said 187 active-duty and reserve soldiers took their own lives in 2012.