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Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 12:00 pm

Suicides in the ranks of our troops are surging and it’s alarming. Through June 3, there have been 154 suicides this year, averaging nearly one a day. During the same period last year, there were 130 suicides by members of our military.

The immediate response is that the frequent deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq are behind this high suicide rate. Certainly that’s a factor, but the Pentagon said a substantial proportion of Army suicides are committed by soldiers who never were deployed.

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