Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fort Carson Suicides -- Series

Pfc. Ryan Alderman, now deceased, sought medical help from the Army. He got a fistful of powerful drugs instead.

Editor's note: This is part of the second installment in a week long series called "Coming Home." Read Ryan Alderman's sworn statement, written a week before his death, here, and a description of three other suicides of Fort Carson-based soldiers here. See the introduction to the series here.

By Mark Benjamin and Michael de Yoanna

--submitted by Patti Woodard

Sunday, February 08, 2009

KBR Wins Contract Despite Criminal Probe of Deaths

Defense contractor KBR Inc. has been awarded a $35 million Pentagon contract involving major electrical work, even as it is under criminal investigation in the electrocution deaths of at least two U.S. soldiers in Iraq.

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Soldier critical of Iraq war dies after auto wreck

Click here to read the story on CNN News.

Spc. Jeremy Roebuck, 23, of Splendora, Texas, died from injuries after a January 28 automobile accident near Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was the third signer of a NY Times article critical of the Iraq War to die.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Record Number of Military Suicides for 2009

2009 is off to a very bad start for army suicides. It was just announced that 24 soldiers died from suicide in January and more are under investigation. This time last year there were 5 army suicides in January, which ended up a record year with 128 confirmed plus 15 under investigation.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Another Electrocution Death in Iraq

Ongoing investigations are uncovering additional electrocution deaths of US military personnel in Iraq. These deaths were designated as "accidents", "heart attacks", and "due to natural causes."

KBR was the contractor who oversaw the plumbing and electric work in US barracks.

The latest re-designation of a non-combat death:

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class David A. Cedergren, 25, of South St. Paul, Minn., died Sept. 11, 2004, while showering. His family was told he died of natural causes.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Minot base crew commander found dead

MINOT, N.D. — The body of a missile combat crew commander from the Minot Air Force Base was found by police, and the cause of his death is under investigation, the Air Force says.

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