Growing number of US soldier suicides

At least 154 active-duty US troops killed themselves in the first 155 days of this year.



    Jonathan Bartlett lost his legs while fighting as a US army soldier in Iraq. He recovered remarkably well and strove to graduate with a business management degree and then got a job.

    Two months ago, however, he shot himself while in the shower, leaving a message to his friends and family saying that he wanted to be forgotten.

    While Bartlett is not counted as a casualty of war as he no longer wore the uniform, he joined the same fate as 154 active-duty US troops who committed suicide in the first 155 days of the year alone.

    Patty Culhane reports from Washington.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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