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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 08:59 PM

 

US Lost More Troops to Suicide Than Combat in 2012

http://news.antiwar.com/2012/12/20/us-lost-more-troops-to-suicide-than-combat-in-2012/

by Jason Ditz, December 20, 2012

In 2011 the US military lost 165 soldiers to suicide, a record that narrowly beat the 2009 level of 160. This year things have gotten much, much worse, and up to the end of November the suicide deaths are up to 303.

Putting this in perspective, that’s actually quite a bit more than the number of US troops slain in combat so far in 2012. That figure is 212, though the overall US death toll in Afghanistan is 307, including non-combat deaths.

The military has been desperate to get a handle on the rising suicide rate, making several very public efforts, none of which seems to have accomplished much of anything.

The latest on that is a number of Congressmen pushing for a new law allowing the military to ask “unstable” troops whether they own any personal guns, though as with most of the legislative “solutions” to this problem it seems focused more on adding to the stigma of being considered “at risk” than actually encouraging people to seek help.

(Aside from a picture, that is the entire article at the link.)
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Fuck you, NRA. Use your money to help mentally ill Veterans or STFU.

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Fire Walk With Me Dec 2012 OP
KoKo Dec 2012 #1
LiberalEsto Dec 2012 #2
Duckhunter935 Dec 2012 #3
PETRUS Dec 2012 #4
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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 09:16 PM

1. Those Repugs just love them there "MACHO MAN" and "GUNS" but when troops

come home hurt and injured who cares most for them?

Lefty Dems who push for aid for them...not those "MACHO, MACHO MEN & WOMEN"...all they know is WAR...WAR...and MORE WAR...distracting us from how they (and some of our entitled Dems) never will have THEIR KIDS SERVE.

It's all about THEM...the ENTITLED...and let the rest of Americans do the Dirty Work and Suffer the Consequences.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 09:18 PM

2. dear heaven, how terrible

time to bring them home!

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Fri Dec 21, 2012, 10:18 PM

3. Lost one last week at Fort Sill

Just out of basic training and was being discharged for medical and drug use. Hung himself with a tie.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 09:33 AM

4. kick

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Response to PETRUS (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:18 PM

5. Thank you good sir.

 

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