YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — As the entire military grapples with a rising tide of suicides despite years of fighting what some call an epidemic, the Army will take a day to focus on the problem and how to prevent it.
In the coming days, soldiers from Germany to South Korea to the Pentagon will be attending mandatory suicide prevention raining, followed by additional programs or activities chosen by local leaders that promote getting help and recognizing when others might need it, too.
Army Vice Chief Staff Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III ordered the “stand down” following the release of figures indicating 38 soldiers killed themselves in July. So far this year, 187 soldiers — 116 on active duty — are believed to have died by their own hands.
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