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Update on August 28, 2012

For the U.S. Army, the toughest fight may not take place on the battlefield; last month, for the first time, the number of active-duty troops who took their own lives actually doubled the number of soldiers killed while in the line of duty in Afghanistan. According to Pentagon officials, July was the worst month for suicides (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/july-marked-worst-month-for-army-suicides/2012/08/16/a310c6ec-e7e6-11e1-936a-b801f1abab19_story.html?wprss=rss_homepage) since the Army began releasing figures in 2009. If the current rate of suicides should continue, America stands to lose about 200 servicemen and women this year.

Awareness is the first step toward combating this issue. Take the quiz (http://www.causes.com/causes/667470-soldiers-are-heroes/actions/1675947) to learn more about the mental health crisis affecting American soldiers and read about some potential solutions to curb this devastating trend .

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