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Killeen, Texas - A soldier kills himself and his wife. Another war veteran hangs himself in despair. Yet a third puts a gun to his head and pulls the trigger outside a gas station in a confrontation with Texas lawmen.
Suicides by veterans like these once would have left people reeling in this military community. But troops and their families here these days call it the "new normal" for a US Army that's spent a decade at war.
Melissa Dixon sees the stress in the tattoos she draws on soldiers back from combat.
"Some of them have issues with their wives or their loved ones, where they're fighting, or one will have a friend commit suicide," she said.
There's no place like Fort Hood in the Army. A post that sent soldiers from two divisions to Iraq three times since the invasion, it's logged more suicides since 2003 than any other - 107.