More U.S. Soldiers In Afghanistan Are Dying From Suicide Than Dying In Combat.
I shit you not. And those figures give one pause. The war machine seems totally broken.
The suicide rate is skyrocketing among American troops as numbers have reached nearly one per day in 2012, an Associated Press report revealed Thursday. Over the first 155 days of 2012 154 active-duty troops have committed suicide, far outdistancing the number of those killed in action in Afghanistan. The research shows a growing burden for troops in wartime demands in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. The military is also struggling with increase in the number of sexual assaults, alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and other misbehavior, the report stated. The number is up 18 percent from last year, and 16 percent from 2009, the highest year total of suicides in the military on record. In both 2008 and 2009, suicide deaths outnumbered combat deaths.