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The top man with Special Operations Command, Gen. Joseph Votel, beseeches special forces operators and personnel suffering from depression, or potentially suicidal thoughts, to follow his lead, and seek counseling.
The rate of suicide in special operations forces is among the highest in the military --- though it has been decreasing since 2012 --- and reflects both the stigma associated with seeking treatment, as well as the strain of more than a decade of deployments since 2001. Votel’s candor, along with increased access to counseling services, appear to be helping, albeit slowly, reports Kimberly Dozier of The Daily Beast.
The Coast Guard is officially shit outta luck for a paycheck thanks to the government shutdown, which means that zero coasties have been paid to create some of the amazing memes being shared as a way to vent their frustration.
Vice President Mike Pence repeated President Donald Trump's claim that "ISIS has been defeated" in Syria on Wednesday just hours after several U.S. service members were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber in Manbij, Syria.