AUGUSTA, Georgia -- The Associated Press Reports there were 349 activity suicides in 2012, according to iCasualties.org, that's 39 more than Americans troops who died last year in Afghanistan. At last month's Disabled Veteran's Conference, President Obama called military suicide an epidemic.
"I think suicide in general over time goes through cycles where it trends up and it trends downward. Suicide is something in the military that is trending upward and I think in the last few years it's been trending upward in the United States in general,"It's a trend Major Agius says military leaders recognize and are doing their best to combat.
Dr. Hines says he believes our region is beating the odds, "Separate the soldier from whether or not you agree with the bigger policy that's going on. I think in the southeast we see that more than in any other region of the country.