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What role do life insurance payouts play in military suicides?




A US Army soldier attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne) ,91st U.S Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team operating under the NATO sponsored International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrols near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province, on October 13, 2012.
A US Army soldier attached to 2nd platoon, C troop, 1st Squadron (Airborne) ,91st U.S Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team operating under the NATO sponsored International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrols near Baraki Barak base in Logar Province, on October 13, 2012.
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Last year, 352 active duty service members took their own lives, a number more than double the number a decade ago. Some are starting to wonder if life insurance payouts have anything to do with this up-tick in suicides.

Reporter Alan Zarembo wrote about this for the L.A. Times and he joins me now.