Newly released numbers show a drastic increase in army suicides, with two dozen soldiers suspected of killing themselves just last month.
That number, 24 in the army alone, is a lot more than the 16 combat deaths reported last month in all branches of the armed forces. Officials are so alarmed that they took an unusual step and briefed congressional leaders on the problem this morning.
Army officials are reemphasizing the need for more mental health care available to soldiers. Last year there were 128 confirmed suicides and 15 pending investigation, making 2008 the highest rate on record.