Thursday, May 29, 2008

"To Hell with War. — Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, USMC, 2 MOH's"

Another sad outcome of war, on top of all the other sad outcomes of war: Soldier suicides.

The number of Army suicides increased again last year, amid the most violent year yet in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Two defense officials said Thursday that 108 troops committed suicide in 2007, six more than the previous year. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the full report on the deaths wasn't being released until later Thursday. About a quarter of the deaths occurred in Iraq.

The overall toll was the highest in many years, and it was unclear when, if ever, it was previously that high. Immediately available Army records go back only to 1990 and the figure then was lower — at 102 — for that year as well as 1991. The 108 confirmed deaths in 2007 among active duty soldiers and National Guard and Reserve troops that had been activated was lower than previously feared. Preliminary figures released in January showed as many as 121 troops might have killed themselves, but a number of the deaths were still being investigated then and have since been attributed to other causes, the officials said.

Suicides have been rising during the five-year-old war in Iraq and nearly seven years of war in Afghanistan. The 108 deaths last year followed 102 in 2006, 85 in 2005 and 67 in 2004.

Danz View: I have a personal involvement in this issue - it is sad. And, this follows closely the story posted below. We have to do better than this. We as a nation at the highest levels praise Vets, yada, yada, yap, yap, etc., then we allow the awful treatment at Walter Reed on top of other abuses. Someday we'll have a war and no one will show up -

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