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Army suicide rate highest in 26 years.

By Matt Corley

"Army suicide rate highest in 26 years."

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“Army soldiers committed suicide last year at the highest rate in 26 years, and more than a quarter did so while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a new military report” obtained by the Associated Press. “There were 99 confirmed suicides among active duty soldiers during 2006, up from 88 the previous year and the highest number since the 102 suicides in 1991 at the time of the Persian Gulf War.” Those 99 suicides “amounted to a rate of 17.3 per 100,000 — the highest in the past 26 years,” where the average was 12.3 per 100,000.

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