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The report also points to other trouble signs. Child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assaults rose, said Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli in a prepared statement. "What concerns me most is the increase in violent sex crime offenders by 64 percent from 2006 to 2011," he said. "This is unacceptable. We have zero tolerance for this." Between 2006 and 2011, domestic violence rose 33 percent among soldiers, while child-abuse cases increased 43 percent during that period. The number of troops hospitalized after talking about or threatening to kill themselves also rose in 2011, and some 24,000 soldiers checked into substance abuse treatment. The report also went on to call post-traumatic stress disorder an "epidemic" among soldiers, estimating some 472,000 service members have the condition — half of them in the Army.

Between 2005 and 2010, service members took their own lives at a rate of roughly one every 36 hours, according to a Center for a New American Security study released late last year. Along with repeat combat tours, that report blamed rising suicide rates among soldiers on a number of factors, including lack of mental health care professionals and excess prescription medication among service members.

 

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PEDAL PUSHING. Only .01 percent of San Antonians bike to work, putting us below the national average of .5 and near the bottom of the Alliance for Biking and Walking's new list ranking the 51 largest U.S. cities (we were 45, a slight step above other Texas cities like Arlington, Dallas, and Fort Worth). Top cities like Portland, Oregon saw 5.5 percent of commuters bike to work. To make up for lost time, watch for the return of Siclovía this March.

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