Army suicides set record in 2007

From Times Wire Reports

Army soldiers committed suicide in 2007 at the highest rate on record: At least 115 soldiers killed themselves last year, up from 102 in 2006.

Nearly a third died at the battlefront -- 32 in Iraq and four in Afghanistan. But 26% had never deployed to either conflict.

The Army attributed the increase to long, multiple deployments, exposure to war’s violence, easy access to loaded weapons and a busy military force. The Army is the only service to release annual figures on suicides.