15 Feb '13, 9pm

Army Post Sets Example in Curbing Suicides, Preventable Deaths

Army Post Sets Example in Curbing Suicides, Preventable Deaths By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2013 – As military leaders struggle to reverse rising suicide rates within the force, Fort Bliss, Texas, is bucking the national trend, reporting a 30-percent drop last year and serving as a promising model for the Army and its sister services. Fort Bliss had the lowest suicide rate in the Army during 2012 -- four confirmed and one still under investigation from its population of 33,000 soldiers. That’s down from seven in 2011. Fort Bliss reported three other preventable soldier deaths last year, also the Army’s lowest rate. This came at a time suicides increased in the overall Army and across the military as a whole, despite sweeping initiatives across the services and the Defense Department to stem them. So what’s the magic formula at Fort Blis...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119313

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