Army Reports Record Number of Suicides
The United States Army reports a record number of soldiers have committed suicide, many of them at Fort Hood in central Texas.
The Army’s vice chief of staff, Gen. Peter Chiarelli, told the San Antonio Express-News that suicides at or near Fort Hood have increased as more soldiers have returned from combat.
Fort Hood’s 22 confirmed suicides, meanwhile, doubled its 2009 mark and was eight more than Fort Bragg, N.C., which had the second-largest tally.
And the Fort Hood mark could grow since some deaths haven’t been resolved.
The Pentagon has launched mental health and suicide-prevention programs and created an Army task force in hopes of turning the tide.