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Army efforts don't stem Fort Hood suicides
« on: January 06, 2011, 07:23:01 am »
Army efforts don't stem Fort Hood suicides

 Updated 8h 4m ago
By Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY

The Army said more soldiers killed themselves or are suspected of doing so last year than in 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas


 The Army's largest post saw a record-high number
of soldiers kill themselves in 2010 despite a mental
health effort aimed at reversing the trend.

The Army says 22 soldiers have either killed
themselves or are suspected of doing so last year at
its post at Fort Hood in Texas, twice the number
from 2009.

That is a rate of 47 deaths per 100,000, compared
with a 20-per-100,000 rate among civilians in the s
ame age group and a 22-per-100,000 rate Army-
wide.

"We are at a loss to explain the high numbers," says
Maj. Gen. William Grimsley, acting commander. "It's
personally frustrating."

The Army had boosted staffing and psychiatric
services to address the problem, particularly after
the fatal shootings of 13 people on the post in
November 2009. The Army alleges that Maj. Nidal
 Hasan, a psychiatrist, fired his pistol
indiscriminately at soldiers waiting for routine
medical care.

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