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Albany Paper Probes Yet Another Iraq Vet Suicide

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Albany Paper Probes Yet Another Iraq Vet Suicide

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In recent months, the long-ignored issue of suicides among troops in Iraq, and returnees at home, has earned wide attention in the U.S. press. Many newspapers have documented tragic examples in their own backyards, the only way they can really get recognized at all.

The latest case comes today, from Dennis Yusko at the Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union, and is all too typical. The vet in this case hung himself, with his Army uniform and an angel placed nearby. Here is how his story opens. *The war in Iraq never ended for Jonathan Michael Boucher. Not when he flew home from Baghdad, not when he moved to Saratoga Springs for a fresh start and, especially, not when nighttime arrived.

Tortured by what he saw as an 18-year-old Army private during the 2003 invasion and occupation, Boucher was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and honorably discharged from the military less than two years later.

On May 15, three days before his 24th birthday, the young veteran committed suicide in his apartment's bathroom, stunning friends and family, including more than three dozen cousins. There was no note. He was buried in the Gerald B. …

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