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What can be done about soldier suicides?

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There were two big news stories last week relating to veterans, one concerning suicides, the other concerning jobs. The subjects are not unrelated. Military suicides rose to record levels in 2012, with as many as 349 (239 confirmed and 110 being investigated as probable). This epidemic, as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has rightly called it, is occurring even with the war in Iraq having ended for American troops and the one in Afghanistan winding down. ...

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January 21, 2013
8:32 a.m.

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This country's laws should require that if we go to war, we re-institute the draft (without any non-medical exemptions) for the duration of that war. We should make sure that this entire nation shares in this burden if we make the decision to go to war instead of less than 1% of the population. It would certainly bring about a quick end because it would be so politically unpopular. It's ridiculous we send such a small number of our kids over for multiple deployments while most of our society sacrifices nothing to help end these wars.

January 21, 2013
10:25 a.m.

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biwimple - TOTALLY AGREE ! But I would like to add- Many (not all) join the military out of desperation and lack of any other option out of poverty.

January 21, 2013
1:49 p.m.

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another AGREE with biwemple. When one looks at the 2 WW's we went through, the civilian world was asked to help too: conservation, paper drives, saving resources, war bonds ... etc. Everyone shared in the war effort. Even during VietNam, due to the draft there was a sharing of the "dirty work". Today, the only ones that truly shoulder the burden are the service-people and their families, many of them over and over again. Time for all to sacrifice.