“The (wartime) deployments do take a toll,” says Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, a Pentagon spokeswoman. “We send them to austere locations, places that are extremely hot, extremely cold, very wet, very dry … where they may also encounter an armed enemy.”As if feelings of suicide after a deployment were caused by the weather in Iraq.
The article also included this list from DoD:
Of servicemembers returning from the Iraq war this year:
47% saw someone wounded or killed, or saw a dead body.14% had an experience that left them easily startled.6% wanted help for stress, emotional, alcohol or family problems.2% had thoughts of hurting someone or losing control.1% had thoughts that they might be better off dead or could hurt th…