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.
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.