Suicides are now the second most common cause of death in the US military

Deployment and exposure to combat can act as catalysts that 

worsen existing problems in a service member’s life

Climbing deaths: American troops are committing suicide at an average rate of nearly one a day in the first 155 days of this year, with a military casket and soldiers pictured

Of the crises facing American troops today, suicide ranks among the most emotionally wrenching — and baffling. Over the course of nearly 12 years and two wars, suicide among active-duty troops has risen steadily, hitting a record of 350 in 2012. That total was twice as many as a decade before and surpassed not only the number of American troops killed in Afghanistan but also the number who died in transportation accidents last year.
Department: The first five months of this year have already shown 154 suicides, with this chart showing the numbers by military department since 2008

The number of suicides among America's troops, averaging nearly one a day this year, has become the second leading cause of death among the military at the fastest pace in the nation's decade of war.
The 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of this year(2012) far outdistance the U.S. forces killed in action in Afghanistan — about 50 per cent more — according to Pentagon statistics obtained by The Associated Press.
The numbers reflect a military burdened with wartime demands from Iraq and Afghanistan that have taken a greater toll than foreseen a decade ago.

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