The Other Military Tragedy

Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

When troops are killed in active duty, the military promptly releases a statement with their name, age, hometown and circumstance of death. When service members kill themselves, the military simply includes them as a number in a monthly toll of deaths, a spare list without names or ages or hometowns that compares numbers with the previous month's list and those of the months before. It could be the announcement of a new supplier for armored personnel carriers.

The military, and especially the Army, has a suicide problem. Since the start of the war in Afghanistan, more troops have died by their...

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