suicide prevention

US Army Alaska

Changes are in the works at Ft. Wainwright, aimed at reducing an unusually high number of soldier suicides. According to the Army, the deaths of 8 Fairbanks based soldiers in 2019 remain “under investigation”, and another 11 are confirmed to have taken their own lives in the previous 5 years. The suicide deaths drew the attention of Alaska Congressman Don Young last spring, prompting an inquiry and recent report. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, Army leaders held a press conference this week (Nov 5) to address some of the report’s findings, and efforts to address them.

Alaska Veterans Foundation

Dramatic readings of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Ajax are being used to bolster suicide prevention training at Ft. Wainwright, as thousands of post soldiers prepare to deloy to Iraq later this month. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.