It’s never been easy to solider, but recent statistics reported by Military.com and a number of media sources underline just how hard it can be for some to serve.

“While suicide remains a rare event among U.S. troops, 325 active-duty members died by suicide in 2018, the highest number since the Defense Department began collecting the data in 2001 and exceeding a record set in 2012,” the site said. “According to a report released this week by the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, 139 active-duty soldiers, 68 sailors, 60 airmen and 58 Marines died by suicide last year, 40 more service members than the previous year.”

Rick Cousins can be reached at rick.cousins@galvnews.com.

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