The United States armed forces last year had the highest suicide rates in nearly 26 years with about one-fourth coming from those serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. There is evidence a high percent of those committing suicide had a history of mental problems. It is hoped the situation will improve since the newly controlled Democratic Congress is pushing legislation to improve mental health facilities for members of the armed forces.
There is no question, war invariably results in mental disorder and a rise in suicide. There is a tragedy in such stories, but the tragedy stems from civilian leaders who sent men into combat ill-prepared and for the wrong reasons.