AP: Active-Duty Military Suicides Surging

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One suicide a day. That's the average among America's fighting men and women. A staggering Associated Press report chronicles 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of 2012—the fastest pace in our nation's decade of war.

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According to the AP, "because suicides had leveled off in 2010 and 2011, this year's upswing has caught some officials by surprise." Among possible explanations were combat exposure, post-traumatic stress, misuse of prescription drugs and financial problems.

The active-duty suicide total of 154 through June 3 is an 18 percent increase over last year and a 25 percent jump from two years ago.

The statistics only included active-duty troops, not veterans who have returned to civilian life from the Iraq or Afghanistan conflicts. The number also didn't include non-mobilized National Guard or Reserve members.

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