Such meetings are one piece of a broader effort to arrest the Army's rising suicide rate, which has surged to record levels in the past year. In 2008, 140 soldiers on active duty took their own lives, continuing a trend in which the number of suicides has increased more than 60 percent since 2003, surpassing the rate for the general U.S. population.
The US military is already massively understaffed for the tasks at hand.
Multiple rotations, coupled with commanders putting soldiers unfit to fight back on the front lines with all kinds of prescription drugs in their systems, cannot be helping.
But what may well have been the tipping point for at least some of these people was the very clear, inescapable understanding that this time, the US is not on the right side of history, in the pursuit of these wars without end.