AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Records show that since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began, about twice as many Texas Army National Guard soldiers have died of suicide as in combat, according to a newspaper investigation.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that the Texas Army National Guard now counts 30 suicides since 2001, with most occurring in the last five years.
Since 2008, Texas has ranked second among states in Army National Guard suicides, trailing only Minnesota, which has 25 suicides over the last five years, according to a National Guard report obtained by the newspaper.
Army officials and veterans advocates say the nature of National Guard duty back home makes it more difficult for soldiers to get the mental health care they need.Report: Suicide a danger for Texas Guard troops
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Pope Benedict XVI put Catholic Church leaders on notice Thursday, saying social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter aren't a virtual world they can ignore, but rather a very real world they must engage if they want to spread the faith to the next generation.
Christian Singer Coffey Anderson was in for a surprise when he performed at a New Years Eve concert in Irving, Texas. As he was smack-dab in the middle of a song, his young son stormed the stage and began dancing feverishly. The crowd, naturally, loved it.
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