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High Suicide Rates Among Soldiers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The suicide rate among army soldiers has reached its highest level in 26 years. 

According to a new military report, 99 active duty soldiers killed themselves last year.

The report, obtained by the A.P., is due to be released Thursday.  The suicides involved 28 soldiers who served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

About twice as many women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan committed suicide as did women not sent to war. 

The suicide rate for the army has fluctuated over the past 26 years, from last year's high of 17.3 per 100,000 to a low of 9.1 per 100,000 in 2001.

The report cites failed personal relationships, legal and financial problems and job stress as the factors involved, but it also notes a "significant relationship" between suicide attempts and the number of days the soldiers were deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan or a nearby country.

 

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