PORTLAND, Ore. ( TheStreet) -- Four years ago, I told the story of 23-year-old Marine Lance Corporal Jeffrey Michael Lucey of Belchertown, Mass. -- an Iraq veteran who committed suicide after struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder -- as a means of explaining what was then a recent spike in military suicides.Next year will be the 10th anniversary of Lance Corporal Lucey's death. In that decade, the number of suicides among active members of the military and veterans hasn't abated. In fact the 349 military suicides in 2012 exceeded the 295 U.S. military members who died in combat in Afghanistan last year. Most suicides occurred among personnel between 18 and 24 years old. Meanwhile, roughly 6,500 former military personnel killed themselves last year, which equates to one suicide every 80 minutes.
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