I’m USA TODAY Pentagon correspondent Tom Vanden Brook, and I’ve been reporting on why the Army has a suicide crisis at the Fort Wainwright Alaska base. AMA!
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I'm Tom Vanden Brook, and I travelled to Fairbanks, Alaska to visit the Fort Wainwright, where an alarming rate of Army soldiers have been committing suicide. The harsh winter conditions make life there difficult, and those struggling with their mental health cannot find the proper care they need. Suicide in the military is on the rise, but the crisis is especially pertinent in Alaska. You can read the full story here: Army suicides hit alarming rate in Alaska as counseling issues persist (usatoday.com)
I have covered the Pentagon for USA TODAY since 2006. I won the 2015 Scripps Howard Award for Public Service Reporting and 2008 Finalist for Michael Kelly Award. My reporting has helped launch Pentagon's $45 billion effort to protect troops from IEDs, changed federal law to prohibit conflicts of interest among retired generals and admirals advising the Pentagon and prompted acting Defense Secretary to resign.