The consequence of more than a decade of war is not only taking a toll on our military in the form of deaths on the battlefield, but also in the form of deaths from self inflicted wounds. A new report shows that for the second year in a row, the military is set to set a record for military suicides:
Through November this year, potentially 303 active-duty, Reserve and National Guard soldiers took their own lives. In Afghanistan 212 soldiers were killed as of Dec. 7.
The trajectory for soldier suicides keeps getting worse.
With a month left in the year, the Army set a grim new record with 177 potential active-duty cases.
Last year, there were 165 confirmed suicides, which was also a record. Among Army Reserve and Guard soldiers potentially 126 took their own lives, up from 118 in all of 2011.
The numbers have increased despite a range of training and awareness programs instituted by the service in the last few years.
Photo: A Marine with Company L, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, gazes across the farmlands during a recent foot patrol from the US Marines.