While I haven't been able to verify it, I have been told by a licensed counselor with a great deal of experience that spouses of those who commit suicide are 700 times more likely to commit suicide themselves than one who has not endured such a loss. For those in the military, relationships may not be bound in marriage, but they are as close or even closer!These are people who put their lives on the line for each other. Who live with each other day in and day out for a year or more away from any other family support system. Who experience a bond that is forged in blood, not in the exchanging of vows. That means, that the Soldiers and Marines that are left behind are very vulnerable to following in that same path, just as a spouse would be. Each life lost means more are likely to follow.
A medically retired, Iraqi Freedom veteran, Army Chaplain.