Trust the military to be responsible for the biggest elephant in the room

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According to a report from Associated Press in the first 155 days of 2012, there were 154 suicides among active duty US troops .

The AP analysis of Department of Defense data shows nearly 50 percent more troops killed themselves than were killed by combat in Afghanistan. This means that if things continue this way it will be the third year in a row that more American soldiers—both enlisted men and women and veterans—committed suicide than were killed in combat.

In itself the increase is disturbing, but note that it is an increase of an already existing number. In fact, the number of suicides, particularly among serving personnel in Afghanistan, has been steadily rising. Long ago the problem  reached a point where both US and UK forces authorities set up confidential “support lines” and launched poster campaigns calling for troops to keep a close watch on colleagues who appear to…

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