Pentagon: Nearly 1 suicide a day in U.S. Army for 2012, Ft. Bliss lowest number of suicides

Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 9:06pm

More American soldiers died of suicide than in combat in 2012.

According to the Pentagon, there were 325 confirmed or potential suicides among active-duty and non-active Army personnel in 2012.  That is an average of almost one death per day, and a record-high number.

Army officials said total military deaths in Afghanistan for the year were 313.

The Army's deputy chief of staff, Lieutenant General Howard Bromberg, said the Army "continues to take aggressive measures" to prevent suicide and help soldiers and officers suffering mental trauma.

Fort Bliss Commander Major General Dana Pittard will hold a press conference Monday to announce the Fort Bliss had the lowest numbers of suicides in the Army in 2012.

Major General Pittard will discuss Fort Bliss' suicide prevention programs, and plans for suicide prevention in 2013.


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