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2012 military suicides hit record high of 349

WASHINGTON — Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year, far exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan, and some private experts are predicting the dark trend will grow worse this year.

The Pentagon has struggled to deal with the suicides, which Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others have called an epidemic. The problem reflects severe strains on military personnel burdened with more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq, complicated by anxiety over the prospect of being forced out of a shrinking force.

Pentagon figures obtained Monday by The Associated Press show that the 349 suicides among active-duty troops last year were up from 301 the year before and exceeded the Pentagon's own internal projection of 325.

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Garan's picture

Executive Order: War on Suicide Servicemen.

These suicide service men are killing more service men then those killed by Al Qaeda and angrily occupied citizens combined.

We need a war against suicide service men.

Maybe that's what the drones in U.S. air space are for.

Yes...

"The War On Suicide"

I can see it now.

They'll use "mental illness" to disarm the returning veterans..

That's what they'll try to do anyway.

With these endless wars it

With these endless wars it must seem like a death sentence to the troops.

They were curing PTSD after WW2

http://www.dailypaul.com/268744/how-the-army-treated-ptsd-af...

Then they invented suicide pills, now the #1 enemy of the US military is the pharmaceutical industry.

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I Know What You Mean.

Up? ..or down? I just don't know.
I.. I just can't rate anything anymore.

me too

I have the same problem

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

This morning

problem continues.

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No

Everything works fine for me.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

I just used Firefox and all was OK

Now I'm back to Explorer and once again I can't rate anything.
But I hear lots of folks have the very same problem today.

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