2012 Military Suicides Exceed Afghanistan Combat Deaths

suicide-is-one-too-manyWASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year.

That far exceeds the 295 American combat deaths in Afghanistan in 2012 and compares with 301 military suicides in 2011.

Some private experts predict that the trend will worsen this year.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and others have called military suicides an epidemic.

The Army had the highest number of suicides among active-duty troops last year at 182, but the Marine Corps had the largest percentage increase — up 50 percent to 48.

The Air Force recorded 59 suicides and the Navy had 60.

Pat Tillman Scholarship Applications Open Today

Pat Tillman, former NFL player.

Cpl Pat Tillman, former NFL player. Photo credit: Wikipedia

The Pat Tillman Foundation plans to award scholarships worth more than $1 million to 60 service members and their spouses for the 2013 class of Tillman Military Scholars.

This is the fifth year for the program. Tillman scholars are selected on criteria such as:

  • Record of personal achievement
  • Demonstration of service to others in the community
  • Desire to continue to serve others and make a positive impact on your community
  • Leadership potential
  • Compelling, thoughtful, genuine and thorough essay question responses

There are two essay questions for service members. The first focuses on how military  service changed your life. The second essay addresses your education goals and ambitions for continued community involvement and service.

Military spouse applicants are asked to explain your spouses service and how its inspired your service and sacrifice. Also, explain your educational and career goals and your continued service to the community and others.

Further selection criteria can be found on the Become a TMS page. The Tillman Military Scholars application opens on Monday, January 14. The application will remain open until 11:59:59 PM PST on Friday, February 15.

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