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“The enemy within:
Soldier suicides outpaced combat deaths in 2012″

By Bill Briggs, NBC News contributor

“More soldiers took their own lives than died in combat during 2012, new Department of Defense figures show. The Army’s suicide rate has climbed by 9 percent since the military branch launched its suicide-prevention campaign in 2009.”

“Army suicides have increased by at least 54 percent since 2007 when there were 115 a number the Washington Post then called “an all-time record.” An Army spokesman said Wednesday [Jan. 2] it is uncertain if 177 marks a new annual high (with December numbers still to come), or if suicides have ever outpaced combat deaths in a single year, because the Army has not always tracked suicides.”
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Editor’s Note:
The Army can “spin” this any way they choose, however this statistic signifies a huge issue, especially here at JBLM!

Posted by Steve on January 3, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

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