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Letter to the editor

Show care to servicemen

August 11, 2010 - Dear Editor,

This past June, a Congressional Committee heard the following:

Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) voiced concern. "The increase in suicides by military personnel in the last few years is alarming," he read from his opening statement.

"The numbers of suicides have increased in every service, but significantly more so in the Army and Marine Corps, the two services most heavily engaged in ground combat in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Ranking member John McCain (R-AZ) fleshed this out.

"The Department of Defense has documented nearly 2,000 suicides from 2001 to 2009, and today the services report more than 140 during 2010."

According to McCain, rates for the Army and Marine Corps "are at historic high levels."

Expressing this trend epidemiologically, Committee member Joe Lieberman (I-CT) added: "The suicide rate among active duty U.S. military personnel has increased over the last decade from 9.1 per 100,000 in 2001 to 15.6 per 100,000 in 2009."

That's a jump of 71 percent.

Our community continues to care about those who have served, or are serving, and their families.

A website has been created in an effort to guide members of military families who are in need to sources of assistance:

Be sure to use it if you, or someone you know, needs it!

Dr. Thomas K. Stone


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