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A Q&A with an expert who studies the relationship between mental illness and violence. Read more»

Army Chaplain (Capt.) Doug Windley, shown here in Kandahar, served with the North Carolina National Guard in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Qatar.

In the midst of sleep during a 2012 deployment to Kuwait, Army Chaplain (Capt.) Doug Windley was awoken by a call from the Red Cross informing him that the brother of one of his soldiers had been murdered back home. Windley, of the North Carolina National Guard, left his tent at 3 a.m. to wake the soldier, one of many times in the chaplain’s career that he was called upon to deliver grim news. Read more»

Howard and Jean Somers were in Washington this week to meet with lawmakers and talk about the problem of suicide by veterans. Their son, Daniel, a veteran of Iraq, committed suicide in June.

Daniel Somers’ parents said they had “no idea” about the struggles their son was facing before the Phoenix Army veteran took his own life in June. Now, Howard and Jean Somers are working to raise awareness about veterans’ mental health issues and to advocate for changes to the way the Department of Veterans Affairs handles benefits claims and mental-health treatments. Read more»

Veteran Lance Cpl. Nunez Ortiz served in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. This photo shows him at a Marine Corps birthday celebration in Al Asad, Iraq.

In the 12 years since American troops first deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 2.6 million veterans have returned home to a country largely unprepared to meet their needs. The government that sent them to war has failed on many levels to fulfill its obligations to these veterans as demanded by Congress and promised by both Republican and Democratic administrations. Read more»

The wars may be winding down, but the battle against PTSD is far from over. We’ve compiled some of the best journalism on the mental traumas faced by a generation of service men and women, and the U.S. military’s struggle to treat them. Read more»

Dorothy Adjovu

Executive assistant to the mayor and Democratic campaigner Dorothy Adjovu, 21, was found dead in her home Wednesday morning, police said. A candlelight vigil in her memory is set for Friday night at El Presidio Plaza, downtown. Read more» 1

Homelessness, untreated PTSD, suicides: How we play "Taps" for our veterans. Read more»

A soldier shields his face from the blowing snow from a helicopter Thursday in Afghanistan.

Recently returned war veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are twice as likely to be prescribed addictive painkillers. Read more»

Col. Elmon Krupnik is the state chaplain for the Arizona National Guard. He serves the religious and spiritual needs of his fellow service members. Krupnik helped organize the faith-based summit.

The Arizona National Guard is teaming with clergy and church members to help identify service members and veterans at risk for suicide and build relationships that help connect them with services. Read more»

A nationwide study conducted in part by University of Arizona researchers to identify causes for the high risk for suicide by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people has begun. Read more» 1

Several Chinese media outlets are reporting that a 20-year-old worker at Foxconn's factory in Chengdu killed himself on Thursday, marking the latest in a long string of bleak news for employees of the electronics giant here. Read more»

The 2,717-foot-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai has 160 floors and opened in January 2010.

A man reportedly distraught after his boss refused to give him a vacation is believed to have crawled through an air-conditioning vent because there were no windows or balconies on the 147th floor of the 160-floor Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Read more»

A young woman fell from the 23rd floor of a hotel in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, and survived. Read more»

A sketch of British poet Ted Hughes by Sylvia Plath entitled "Portrait of me, made by Sylvia Plath, circa 1957" released by Bonhams auctioneers in central London, Sept. 29, 2005.

France may have its painters, Italy its art and opera, and German culture its matchless composers. But for England it’s poetry, and Westminster Abbey is where the immortals are memorialized. Read more»

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