War at Home

The Army's Suicide Emergency

Expect the number of suicides among American soldiers to increase, the top U.S. military official said Wednesday, as more troops come home after years of wartime service. “The emergency issue right now is suicides,’’ said Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Over the weekend, Fort Hood, in Texas, saw four suicides, including one murder-suicide. To combat the trend, military officials have tried to lengthen the time between deployments and increase awareness of the threat.