COMMENTS: Who Would Fardels Bear?
CBS, whose Armen Keteyian has made a specialty of reporting on suicides by military veterans, assigned David Martin at the Pentagon to report on the rising suicide death toll among those on active duty. It is a Dear John or Dear Jane letter that is the immediate cause of despair, with underlying factors being extended tours of duty away from home, their exposure to warzone violence and the easy availability of loaded weapons. Martin told us that 115 soldiers killed themselves in 2007. NBC's Jim Miklaszewski called that the highest annual suicide rate since the USArmy started keeping that statistic 30 years ago.
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