The U.S. is Failing its Troops
January 26, 2011 9:58 AM Subscribe
For the second year in a row
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, the U.S. Military has lost more troops to suicide than it has to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Previous
posts regarding PTSD
As the article notes, the numbers require some scrutiny, as different branches of the military use different standards for reporting, particularly as they relate to reservists and whether a suicide occurs while a soldier is on active duty.
This week, President Obama announced several new initiatives
to support soldiers and their families, with military suicides and veteran homelessness being specifically targeted.
Rep. Rush Holt (NJ) had previously introduced a Bill
requiring check-in phone calls to reservists returning from deployment every 90 days. However, efforts to include the bill in the 2010 Defense spending appropriation bill were blocked
by Sen. John McCain (AZ).