(NEWSER) – The New York Times has a tragic look at a former Marine who killed himself—the 14th member of his unit to do so—earlier this month and why the government doesn't seem to be able to do more to address the mental health of veterans. Tyler Schlagel, 29, returned from Afghanistan with his battalion in 2008. Three weeks ago he went to his favorite fishing spot in the Rockies, built a campfire, and shot himself.
Schlagel had seen his best friend killed in an especially horrific suicide bombing, but was still the last person any of his fellow Marines thought would kill himself. Sadly, he's far from alone. Since 2008, 14 members of his 1,200-member unit have committed suicide, with many others attempting to do so.
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