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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:38 AM Dec 2012

More soldier suicides than combat deaths in 2012


By Megan McCloskey
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 20, 2012

Stress on special operations troops 'worse than we thought'

The Department of the Army also showed strains, with soldier suicides outnumbering combat-related deaths for the year. Through November this year, potentially 303 active-duty, Reserve and National Guard soldiers took their own lives. In Afghanistan 212 soldiers were killed as of Dec. 7.
The trajectory for soldier suicides keeps getting worse.

With a month left in the year, the Army set a grim new record with 177 potential active-duty cases. Last year, there were 165 confirmed suicides, which was also a record. Among Army Reserve and Guard soldiers potentially 126 took their own lives, up from 118 in all of 2011.

The numbers have increased despite a range of training and awareness programs instituted by the service in the last few years.

More soldier suicides than combat deaths in 2012 (Original Post) SoCalDem Dec 2012 OP
My conscience is clear 90-percent Dec 2012 #1
Additionally 90-percent Dec 2012 #2


(6,776 posts)
1. My conscience is clear
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:25 AM
Dec 2012

Been sporting a yellow "Support the Troops" ribbon on the car since 2004.

-90% Jimmy


(6,776 posts)
2. Additionally
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:29 AM
Dec 2012

I'd like to have a "Support the Contractors" ribbon too, but nobody makes one!

I've heard we lost up to 900 contractors in the wars of the last decade. Small price to pay to keep any smoking guns taking the form of mushroom clouds.

Seriously, nobody counts the contractor dead as war casualties. They're off all MSM radars.

-90% Jimmy

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