Washington, D.C. – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) released the statement below on the Army Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, and Suicide Prevention Report :
“It is clear that the Army feels the same heartache that all Americans feel when even one service member takes his or her life, and the Army deserves praise for its honest and comprehensive study on suicide prevention. As a result of this study, the Army better understands how the stress of nearly 10 years of war has hindered the effectiveness of policies and programs designed to track the welfare of its people.
“The Army has much to do to restore the safeguards that have been neglected, but this report reflects the Army’s commitment to taking care of soldiers and reducing high risk behavior related to suicide and accidental death. The House Armed Services Committee will monitor the Army’s progress very closely and assist the Army’s effort wherever possible.”