Alt-Coin Trader

General unsure if repeated combat tours to blame for record Army suicides

2009 breaks Army record for soldier suicides, up over a dozen from 2008

Suicides in the US Army are headed to a new record this year but it remains unclear if repeated combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq are causing more soldiers to take their lives, a top general has said.

With 140 suspected cases reported among soldiers since the start of 2009, the number of suicides was already at last year's level, General Peter Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff, told a news conference.

"We are almost certainly going to end the year higher than last year," Chiarelli said.

Read the rest at:
For more news like this go to and Gitmo Nation Roundtable.

For lively discussion on this topic and more go to and