The military has released figures showing record suicide rates that show more soldiers are dying by their own hand than those of the enemy. In just the Army alone, 24 soldiers are believed to have committed suicide in January. That is six times the number from 2008.
During the same period, all of the branches lost 16 U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq in January.
One official has described the findings as “terrifying.”
The Marines are also reporting an increase in suicides: 41 in 2008, up from 33 in 2007 and 25 in 2006, according to a Marines report.
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