Fewer Fort Carson Suicides So Far This Year

By: AP
By: AP

Fort Carson commanders are reporting some encouraging news about soldier suicides, with only one confirmed suicide so far this year.

At a forum on suicide prevention on Thursday, post officials said three other deaths are under investigation as possible suicides.

Brig. Gen. James Doty says the post is taking steps to prevent suicides that include training for leaders at all levels, easy access to behavioral health specialists and assigning sponsors to new soldiers at the post.

Doty said in January that Fort Carson last year had seven suicides, for a suicide rate of 31 per 100,000. Nine Fort Carson soldiers committed suicide in 2009 for a suicide rate of 49 per 100,000.

Fort Carson doesn't know what the suicide rate is this year.

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  • by JC on Sep 3, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    Who cares!! Being a so called soldier just makes it a better sounding excuse for the ones remaining. They are however, far from being any better than us non military citizens.
  • by My Opinion on Sep 1, 2011 at 06:56 PM
    Why would they commit suicide? All the need to do is enlist and the country will do it for them, then call them heros...Just sayin.
  • by @PS on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:12 PM
    You have a point. Bin Laden was labeled the criminal before the towers fell. Charge people up with revenge and they'll never ask what went wrong in the first place.
  • by MWife Location: COS on Sep 1, 2011 at 05:00 PM
    Serious question...Why do we expect the military to help someone who is close to committing suicide? It's not like they cared if you might end up there when they signed you up. You get into the insanity of war and when you go insane you expect your leaders to say That's too bad...we had no idea. I don't care what public relations spin the military puts on mental illness. I'm guessing most don't ask for help because they know they aren't going to get it.
  • by Cathy Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    This isn't 1945 anymore. It's getting harder to expect people to believe all of the reasons we are supposed to support the troops without question. And about 9/11...It's the same thing. Here's the official story and if you question it just shut up because we used it to start wars and we aren't going to stop now. Yes, when a building instantly turns to powder, lots of powder, I don't believe what we were told on 9/11.
  • by Jose on Sep 1, 2011 at 03:40 PM
    That must be why it so hard for Soldiers to get help. See no one cares anymore. At least until the bad news comes back.
  • by Cathy Location: CS on Sep 1, 2011 at 03:39 PM
    Do we ever hear the reasons for the suicides?
  • by Anonymous Location: COS on Sep 1, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    Someone draft this jerk & send them to a nation other than America; ASAP.
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      by Art on Sep 1, 2011 at 04:21 PM in reply to
      Your nation is becoming "other than America." Defending a crumbling nation doesn't sound very rational does it?
  • by ps.... on Sep 1, 2011 at 01:49 PM
    While you get ready for the big patriotic 9/11 anniversary remember that your military failed to protect you on 9/11 but no one got upset about that fact and no one got fired. Big bad defense system failed. But we "learned a lot" didn't we? Made the attacks worthwhile if we learned from it.
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      by Actually on Sep 1, 2011 at 08:41 PM in reply to ps....
      Actually, there was some military intelligence on it prior to but it was not taken seriously. Similar to the Pearl Harbor situation, it was assumed to be something other than it is. I won't be blaming the troops for not protecting me for something they knew nothing about. You are an idiot.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 05:07 PM in reply to Actually
        Of course the troops are innocent. How about NORAD? Did Popular Mechanics explain that one well enough? Not taken seriously? Military failure!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    Well, that is good news but why would they be killing themselves when all they need do is wait for our gov. to send them to die for the corporations? Patients boys, your death is likely soon enough. I am being sarcastic but should make that clear before some fool says how I need to worship the troops.
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