There have been 88 reported active-duty suicides in the Army so far during 2009.
No one can fix a soldier’s problems, but giving them more time at home with their families may help them better cope with the stress.
During the mark up on the fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill, the Senate Armed Services Committee adopted Sen. Joseph Lieberman’s (I-CT) amendment that authorizes an increase in the Army’s active duty end strength by 30,000 during fiscal years 2011 and 2012 if the
Administration includes the funding in the budgets for those fiscal years.
Unfortunately there seems to be no money in the budget for these much needed additional troops.
Association of the United States Army (AUSA) President Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan, USA, Ret., and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, strongly believe that the only way to ease the well-documented stress and strain on soldiers and their families is to increase the Army’s active duty end strength now.
More soldiers means more dwell time at home for troops that are serving 12 months in the war zone with only 12 months at home before returning to combat — if they’re lucky. Some units have deployed after fewer than 12 months at home.
Your messages to Congress do have an impact.
Please send an AUSA-suggested letter to your Senators urging them to support Sen. Lieberman’s floor amendment to S. 1390, the Fiscal 2010 Defense Authorization Act. Go to http://www.ausa.org, click on Contact Congress, enter your zip code and then click on the AUSA-proposed letter titled, “Support the Lieberman Amendment to Increase Army End Strength.”
So how do we pay for this? A good cost estimate is $1B+ per brigade per year. A good swag is that this may cost $12-15B.
I’m a firm believer in that if you want it then you should pay for it. So we need to find something to trade for these troops. Any ideas?
Cost Source: the most recent estimate that I could find of cost is
2001; see http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/?&sid=cp106wGzjX&refer=&r_n=hr644.106&db_id=106&item=&sel=TOC_55148&