Special Forces Suicides Raise Questions

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  1. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    Special Forces Suicides Raise Questions

    By JON SARCHE, Associated Press Writer

    Chief Warrant Officer William Howell was a 15-year Army Special Forces veteran who had seen combat duty all over the world. Sgt. 1st Class Andre McDaniel was a military accountant. Spc. Jeremy Wilson repaired electronics.

    They had little in common, other than having served in Iraq with the 10th Special Forces Group based at Fort Carson, Colo. They did not know each other, and they had vastly different duties.

    Each, however, committed suicide shortly after returning home, all within about a 17-month period.

    Rest of the story: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051011/ap_on_re_us/soldier_suicides



     
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  3. 2XL

    2XL New Member

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    This really hurts my heart. One week from today, my son will be leaving for boot camp and guess what his MOS is, Special forces Ranger. I am so afraid. I hope that he will get the macho bs out of his system and find a job more suitable to re-enter civilian life.
    Y'all, my WS family, please pray for my courage as I let my son go and also that God will protect my soldier and all that serve in our military.
     
  4. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    I will pray for both of you. He will be very well trained and protected by his bothers-in-arms. God bless you both. And remember, HE is choosing this path. He is doing what he wants to do and will enjoy doing, serving his country.
     
  5. ariel7

    ariel7 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

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    ((((((((((2XL))))))))))))

    I'll pray for you both!!:)
    May God grant you peace
    that passes all understanding
    and watch over your
    boy (and all our troops)!!

    with much love,

    Ariel:blowkiss:
     
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    Nova Active Member

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    As sad and terrible as these cases are, 2XL, I'm sure they aren't common. Yes, yes, yes, our prayers are with you, your son, and all those who sacrifice so much for their country!
     
  7. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    You're right, it isn't significantly higher than the civilian suicide rate.

    From the article:
    The Army says its overall suicide rate in 2003 was 12.8 per 100,000 active-duty soldiers, while the rate in the general U.S. population was 10.5 per 100,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
     

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