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Tag: military suicides

Oct.
31st

MILITARY: Step could reduce suicides

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

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