Monday we awoke to a front page with two now common stories: one about two of our Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers killed in Afghanistan, the other about a soldier who died, in part, by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Self-inflicted death amongst our troops is now the more common story. His story is the poster example of the factors most common to military suicide: alcohol, relationship issues, impulsive emotion and quick access to a gun.
I doubt he planned the evening’s outcome as he readied himself for a party. The escalating suicide rate is increasingly frustrating to military leaders and mental …