I have read stories reporting the fact that active duty suicides are rising. That does not surprise me at all. As a matter of fact, I totally understand and I am surprised the suicide rate of active and discharged and retired military personnel is not much higher. And it is NOT because these active duty troops are afraid of combat. Mostly, they have been in combat and server numerous combat tours.
The reason the suicides are up is we who fought for this Nation, active and retired, have realized that what we fought for, believed in, and our friends died for, is being trashed by the leaders of our government. Recently, some members of the administration have leaked top secret details of the Bin Ladin raid, cyber attacks, and other super secret operations. Our economy is doing a nose dive and the leaders of our government continue to spend. Homosexuals and every other deviant life style is help sacred while those of us who follow GOD's teachings are treated with disdain. Our countries moral compass is broke and we are headed off a cliff morally, financially, and socially. Our education system is broke to the point that Estonia does better in Science competitions than we do! What we believed in, trusted, loved, and died for is now held in contempt and those of us who defended the Constitution of the United States are treated as enemies of the State.
That's why our Brother in Arms are killing themselves! Don't believe me, as someone who is serving or has served if he or she ever considered suicide. Then ask them why? You may not like the answer.