From the invasion of Afghanistan until last summer, the U.S. military had lost 761 soldiers in combat there. But a higher number in the service - 817 - had taken their own lives over the same period. The surge in suicides, which have risen five years in a row, has become a vexing problem for which the Army's highest levels of command have yet to find a solution despite deploying hundreds of mental-health experts and investing millions of dollars. And the elephant in the room in much of the formal discussion of the problem is the burden of repeated tours of combat duty on a soldier's battered psyche.
The problem is exacerbated by the manpower challenges faced by the service, because new research suggests that repeated combat deployments seem to be driving the suicide surge. The only way to apply the brakes will be to reduce the number of deployments per soldier and extend what the Army calls "dwell time" -
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They really should put a CAP on the number of deployments these soldiers have.
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Wow thank you so much for sharing this info! I am so sad to see this but it is things like this that need to be talked about. I am a supporter of Obama but am very upset about the 30,000 more we just sent to Afgan. I'm shocked that he did this and I see the toll here.
I am not shocked he did it, just wish he didn't do it. He said during the debates that he would send more troops there..I just dont think its the right thing..more people need to talk about the real cost of these wars
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