Latest official figures released by the Pentagon reveal at least 116 self-inflicted fatalities in Iraq. But this does not include several dozen still under investigation, nor any of the many cases back in the U.S.
The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported the latest example today. It revealed that an Iraq war veteran reported missing in northern Minnesota -- and suffering from post-traumatic stress -- had been found dead.
A sheriff's deputy said that he believed the body of Noah Charles Pierce, 23, was found in the Gilbert, Minn., area but had few details.
The Mesabi Daily News described the dead man as living in nearby Mountain Iron and quoted a local law enforcement officer confirming that he had shot himself.
"Pierce, who served in Iraq and had been found to have post-traumatic stress disorder, was discovered around 9:30 p.m. Thursday," the Star Tribune reported. "Pierce, from Mountain Iron, Minn., went missing Wednesday afternoon after he sent several friends text messages that he was suicidal, the Sheriff's Office said.
"He was last seen at the house where he lives and was believed to have left in a pickup truck. He left home with a revolver and a rifle, the Sheriff's Office said."
Could the right-wing bloggers who have been eating up reams of bandwidth proclaiming their love and support for the troops by trying to destroy a soldier who dared to write about the mantle of callousness he and his fellow soldiers have to adopt simply in order to survive emotionally in Iraq -- and then have to live with when they come home -- please spend some time writing about why Noah Charles Pierce shot himself this week? He was only 23 years old. And why at least 116 other men and women who served in Iraq took their own lives? Can any of you say something? Give us some acknowledgment that you feel the weight of the tragedy of a young man, barely out of boyhood, putting a bullet through his brain because he could not get Iraq out of his mind and heart even though in body he had left Iraq? Where was the support that he needed? Or was he just another whiny loser?
Can you even begin to imagine what his family is going through right now?