Military suicides not just a number to 1 lawmaker
WASHINGTON (AP) — The disturbing number of suicides in the military has a face on Capitol Hill.
It's Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, a Marine who shot and killed himself in an Afghanistan fox hole after hours of beatings, repeated push-ups in full body armor and mouthfuls of sand. Three Marines allegedly punished the 21-year-old after he had been caught sleeping on duty.
A House Armed Services hearing Friday on suicide prevention programs gave military leaders a chance to answer lawmakers' questions about identifying service members at risk.
Toward the end of the hour-long session, California Rep. Judy Chu talked about the life and death of Lew.
He was her nephew.