The military's most tenacious enemy: suicide

San Diego Union Tribune (2.4.11) -
More troops kill themselves than die in combat -
Marine Corps: A 29 percent drop in the number of active-duty Marines suspected of committing suicide, from 52 in 2009 to 37 last year. The number had been climbing for several years until it peaked in 2009 at a rate of 24 per 100,000 — the highest among the armed forces. The falloff was coupled with an increase in suicide attempts, from 164 the previous year up to 173 — the highest since the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq began. The Marine Corps, which does not generally report suicides among reservists, also had seven suspected suicides among its part-time troops in 2010. Click here to read the complete article.