More Guard soldiers dying of car crashes, suicide than combat

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Since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, roughly twice as many Texas Army National Guard soldiers have died of suicide as in combat, an American-Statesman investigation has found. Records on the Guard soldiers’ cause of death also identified vehicle crashes as their top killer, claiming the lives of 54 since 2001, or 32 percent of all fatalities among Texas National Guard soldiers . Four Texas National Guard soldiers died of drug overdoses over that time. The cause-of-death data, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, includes soldiers who didn’t deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan as well as those who did, and it paints the most complete picture yet of how Texas National…

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