Army suicides hit grim milestone: most self-inflicted deaths in a single month

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Army suicides hit a new single-month record in July, when 38 active-duty and reserve soldiers took their own lives, according to official figures released Thursday.

The toll, up from 24 in June, prompted a wave of renewed anger and frustration among Pentagon leaders and veterans advocates.

“I was pretty shocked when I saw the number,” said Tom Tarantino, legislative director for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. “This has been a continuous problem. This really stems from the military, and the [Department of Veterans Affairs], for that matter, basically the entire military and veteran community, really coming to this issue several years late.”

“It really wasn’t until 2007-2008, really 2009, that they started thinking about it at the level they need to be thinking about it,” he said.

Despite efforts from high-profile military leaders — including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, former Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen and former Army Vice Chief Gen. Peter Chiarelli — the wider Army is losing this battle, critics say.

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  • CSN

    The rules of engagement in the Middle East are such that these young men are sitting ducks and know it, and most of them will either be killed or maimed for life. Bring them home, it what I say….leave the Middle East wars to those who live there, and if they need military equipment, then give it to them, but stop this nonsense of staying in Iraq, Afghanistan (do we own them?), and getting involved with every single encounter, while establishing a broader Muslim Brotherhood infiltration of taking over the entire Middle East. Christianity in the Middle East is practically extinct, and remember, all Christianity started in the Middle East. The Muslim’s have pretty much squashed every bit of semblance of Christianity in the Middle East. Muslims are an off-shoot of what one would term as a heretical sect of Jews. It is an Anti-Christ Religion, and thus the Crusades of the past centuries had their points to ponder, but unless someone sounds the alarm to restore Christianity in the Middle East on a Volunteer basis, I say keep our men here on our own shores. BRING THE TROOPS HOME NOW!

  • It’s time to bring our boys home. The middle east is a mess, they have always killed each other and always will. We don’t need more dead soldiers and we don’t need to further bankrupt this country to fight overthere.