by J. D. Heyes, Natural News:
As Natural News has reported in the past, there has been a tragic side effect tied to more than a decade of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan on the U.S. military, and that is the increased instance of suicide.
It took the military a while to figure out it had a problem, but once it became apparent, the services launched a number of initiatives aimed at figuring out why so many of America’s military men and women are taking their own lives once they rotate back home.
In the past, it was thought that successive combat deployments were primarily responsible for the increased number of suicides; the need to keep sizeable forces in two separate theaters of operation meant a high operational tempo, forcing the same units to return to war zones frequently. And with America’s all-volunteer force, that meant many of the same soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen were deployed multiple times.
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