We weren't surprised that May's story about U.S. Marine Noah Pippin, who vanished in Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness ("Why Noah Went to the Woods," by Mark Sundeen), was a reader favorite. But we were stunned by how many of you sent email or commented online about how Pippin's struggles with military life and his disappearance touched you personally.
This was a beautifully written piece. Many stories don't suck me in, but once I started this one I had to finish. As for the Pippin family, hopefully they'll find the kind of peace Noah seemed to be searching for.
There is no mystery here: military personnel kill themselves every day, and they all exhibit strange behavior before their unfortunate end. With more than 6,000 military suicides every year, we need to ask ourselves: What are we doing wrong?
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA