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More Troops Died From Suicide Than Combat In 2012

Mementos of Army Spc. Jamie Dalton, who committed suicide
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Above: Mementos of Army Spc. Jamie Dalton, who committed suicide

More active-duty U.S. service members died from suicide than combat in 2012, according to statistics compiled by the Associated Press.

The A.P. reports that 349 service members took their own lives last year. In comparison, 295 U.S. troops died in combat in 2012.

According to the A.P.:

The Army had the highest number of suicides among active-duty troops last year at 182, but the Marine Corps had the largest percentage increase — up 50 percent to 48. The Air Force recorded 59 suicides and the Navy had 60.

As Home Post reported last week, a provision in the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act gives commanders, health care professionals, and chaplains the authority to question service members about firearm possession - when they believe the troops may harm themselves with guns they have at home.

Army generals Dennis J. Reimer and Peter W. Chiarelli explained why in a December Washington Post editorial:

More than two-thirds of [military] suicides involved firearms, and nearly three-quarters of those cases involved personal weapons, not military weapons.

Military suicides in 2012 jumped from 2011, when 301 service members took their own lives.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | January 14, 2013 at 3:45 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

That's what they keep hiding.

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Avatar for user 'Anon1'

Anon1 | January 14, 2013 at 4:52 p.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

Ron Paul received the most military donations of any candidate in 2008, and was 2nd only to Obama in 2012, even without support from the Republican party.

And what is Ron Paul's stance regarding the military again?

Shut down foreign bases, bring the troops home, and secure our borders.

Money talks, and the troops have spoken loudly. Now if only the American public could vote in a leader that actually listens.

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