By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times
June 15, 2013, 4:22 p.m.
But what he really wanted was to go to war.
"He wanted in the trenches," said his wife, Catherine Evans. To her relief, he never deployed to either war.
But that did not save him. Evans, 28, committed suicide last November near his home outside Salt Lake City — one of at least 524 U.S. service members who took their own lives in 2012.
His case was hardly unusual. The most recent Pentagon data show that a slight majority — 52% — of troops who have committed suicide while on active duty were never assigned to Afghanistan or Iraq.