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February 7, 2010

Military commanders take on stigma regarding suicides

No bugler played taps for Staff Sgt. Anthony S. Schmachtenberger. There was no gun salute, no fallen soldier display of boots, rifle and helmet -- the traditional Army honors for a lost comrade. The failure of the commanders of his own artillery battalion to give him final military honors may have been symptomatic of another aspect of the epidemic: the stigma put on soldiers who show signs of mental stress.

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