I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…
Grim Metric: US Military Suicides Hit Highest Level Since War Began:
(Jason Ditz) US soldiers are committing suicide at an alarming rate in 2012, according to new Pentagon statistics reported by the Associated Press. The rate was roughly one per day, with 154 suicides in 155 days. The rate is the highest since the latest round of wars began in 2001.
After hitting a record of 160 for all of 2009, the suicide rate was reportedly “leveling out” in 2010 and 2011. Official studies have struggled to explain the latest rise, attributing it to non-military causes like drug abuse and financial problems.
My Commentary: Neither the article, nor the original source at the Washington Post, mentions another important fact:
Researchers to Seek Explanations for Suicide Rate in Military Outpacing Rate Among Civilians For Past Five Years (2010):