Four Army soldiers in Alaska die of suicides in one month

Army installations in Alaska saw four soldiers die by suicide in October, a sharp rise despite leaders making a large push to prioritize mental health in the state.


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Four soldiers died in the U.S. The U.S. Army lost four soldiers in Alaska by apparent suicide in October. This reversed what seemed to be a decline in suicides at remote facilities in the state.

“Many of your already know that we lost four Arctic Angels to the enemy of despair in the last 30 days,” Maj. Gen. Brian Eifler, Command Sgt. According to a Wednesday Military.com Report, Maj. Vern Dley wrote a letter to 11th Airborne Division. “We cannot replace their loss or fill the void that they left behind. These recent losses, despite a substantial decrease in last year’s, are a heartbreaking reminder that the battle is not over.

According to the report, the four soldiers who took their own lives last month include three junior enlisted troopers and a noncommissioned officer at mid-level. This prompted an investigation and caused Army planners and Army planners to rush mental resources to Alaskan bases.



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U.S. Army paratroopers prepare to conduct a blank-fire exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area of the 7th Army Training Command, Germany, March 15, 2022. (U.S. Army photo courtesy Markus Rauchenberger).

The state’s leaders have taken several steps to reduce suicides. They even instituted mandatory mental health screenings. Despite efforts to reduce suicides in troops, 17 servicemen took their own lives in Alaska last ye.

Service members of the military are at greater risk for suicide and mental illness due to the stress of combat and military life. They are also more stressed when they are assigned to Alaska. These bases are among the most remote military bases and have limited resources. The harsh climate and long winters can also put a strain on the mental health of service members.




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The suicide rate has risen, which could stress troops more. However, one soldier said to Military.com that it has not slowed down their training.

The Pentagon (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak



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One soldier described one of the suicides as saying, “They were my friend. And things have been very difficult for [the unit]”. It was shocking and we quickly returned to training. There was not much time for mourning.

The Army has improved the behavior health resources available to soldiers in the state. However, Sgt. Major of the Army Michael Grinston stressed that leaders should not rely solely on counseling to address mental health issues.

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Grinston stated that it was OK to seek out help when you need it at the Association of the U.S. Army conference last month. But I want to warn you that this is not the solution to all your problems ….. I believe that if we all use all of the resources available, we will all be happier. It is not possible to use one resource.

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