FAIRBANKS—Rep. Don Young is asking the surgeon general of the Army to investigate suicides at Fort Wainwright.
"I am writing to you with great concern over the reported number of suicides affecting Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska," Alaska's congressman wrote in a brief letter on Tuesday to Lt. Gen. Nadja West, surgeon general and commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command.
Young said he commends the Army for its recent focus on combating suicide but said more needs to be done.
"As the number of military suicides continues to climb in Alaska, it is clear that the battle is far from over," Young wrote.
Statistics about the number of suicides at Fort Wainwright weren't immediately available Tuesday evening.
The Republican congressman asked West to send a team to Fort Wainwright to investigate. He concluded his letter with a list of topics he would like the team to study.
"This team's assessment could be critical in combating the scourge of suicide, by providing us with a far more detailed analysis of mental health services, their usage, driving and mitigating factors of these suicides, unit assessments, and much more," Young wrote.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255.
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