Increase in suicide in U.S. military…

 The article by Timothy Williams on soldier suicides that appeared in the June 9 issue of the New York Times News Service contains a gaping hole.

Williams reported that there have been 154 suicides among active-duty troops through June 7, a rate of nearly one each day this year.  This represents an 18 percent increase over the rate during the same period of 2011 and is significantly higher than the number of American military fatalities in Afghanistan as of June 1 of this year.

Pentagon officials blamed the high suicide rate on the stigma of mental illness and the reluctance of soldiers to seek help out of fear of being humiliated or ostracized.  The Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America attributed it to a lack of qualified mental health professionals, the stigma of receiving counseling, family stress and financial problems.

Nowhere in the article was there…

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