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Friday, August 10, 2012

Vets Losing Limbs--Sometimes Much More

I've covered U.S. soldier and vet suicides closely since the start of the Iraq war, and Nick Kristof was among those who started covering the issue a bit down the road (that is, before nearly anyone else).  His new column -- it seems to be coming this Sunday at the Times but is just now going up online -- looks at a brilliant vet who is losing his mind.  And it includes this:  "Military suicides are the starkest gauge of our nation’s failure to care adequately for those who served in uniform. With America’s wars winding down, the United States is now losing more soldiers to suicide than to the enemy. Include veterans, and the tragedy is even more sweeping. For every soldier killed in war this year, about 25 veterans now take their own lives."

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