The military’s chronic problem with suicides set a new, sobering record last year, with at least 493 suicides across the services, a rate of one death every 18 hours.
And the record, more than double the number of suicides in the first year of the Iraq war, is sure to rise even further when the Army provides its final statistics later this month.
The wife of a Marine Corps aviator who killed himself after returning from Iraq said Monday that as hard as war has been, peace may be worse.
Troops long stressed by deployments are coming home to a shrinking military and slow economy, and they may be wrestling with financial and relationship woes as well as wounds that include traumatic brain injuries and PTSD.
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