Image Copyright: Kyle McNally/U.S. Marines
By Greg Jaffe
Copyright: The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — The U.S. military's Special Operations Command has come up with an unorthodox and aggressive plan to deal with the alarming rise in suicides among America's top commandos.
The premise: A strong, resilient body will lead to a stronger, more resilient mind.
The problem: Lawmakers who are being asked to fund it think it is a misguided idea.
In the context of the massive defense budget, the disagreement over a relatively small amount of money — about $23 million — has turned into a surprisingly heated spat between lawmakers and a command that for the past 12 years has been accustomed to having the Pentagon and Congress grant its requests.