Victoria Noe

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When Surviving Your Friends is Too Much to Bear

When Surviving Your Friends is Too Much to Bear
Jan 30, 2013 by Victoria Noe
mil.state.or.usIn 2012, 229 US troops were killed in Afghanistan.In 2012, 349 US troops committed suicide.Yes, you read that right.Suicide among veterans and active duty service members is on the rise. The total for last year represented a double-digit increase, regardless of branch of service.This is not just an issue for US troops. Suicides have also risen alarmingly among the UK’s forces in Afghanistan.The first order of business, of course, is why?Suicide is a complicated issue. Are the armed forces doing a good job screening applicants, rejecting those with obvious mental health issues? Are there contributing factors, such as alcohol or drug abuse? Is the shock of war too much for some people?All of those are valid considerations, but one of...