Thursday, August 16, 2007

Casualties of War

Wounded in War - One soldier relates how, after being severely wounded by an RPG, his buddies ran through a hail of fire to rescue him.

Army suicides highest in 26 years

Some interesting facts:

The 99 suicides included 28 soldiers deployed to the two wars and 71 who weren't. About twice as many women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan committed suicide as did women not sent to war, the report said.

Preliminary numbers for the first half of this year indicate the number of suicides could decline across the service in 2007 but increase among troops serving in the wars, officials said.[snip]

Failed personal relationships, legal and financial problems and the stress of their jobs were factors motivating the soldiers to commit suicide, according to the report.

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