Three times as many California soldiers died after coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan between 2005 and 2008 than died on the battlefield. According to an analysis of death certificates by the Bay Citizen, the death rate for returned soldiers under 35 is vastly higher than for civilians who never served. In addition to suicides among returning soldiers, many engaged in high-risk activities that in some cases proved lethal.
Death After Leaving the Battlefield
Aaron Glantz, reporter for the Bay Citizen and author of "The War Comes Home"
Shannon Warren, the sister of Elijah Warren, who killed himself following several tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan
Keith Armstrong, director of Family Programs, and author of "Courage After Fire"