The Denver Post Published ‘Waging Internal War’: An Examination of the Army’s Tendency to Deploy Soldiers Who Need Medication Management (August 26, 2008)

An event on the Auraria campus aimed to help community members understand mental health issues in returning veterans. -The Denver Post (November 17, 2011)

“Chad Barrett’s war on terror started in the hours after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, when he was called to help dig bodies out of a smoking Pentagon. It ended Feb. 2, 2008, in Mosul, Iraq, when his roommate awoke to find him gasping and gurgling, with foam coming from his mouth. Barrett had been cleared for a third combat tour in Iraq despite a recent suicide attempt, crushing headaches and a mental illness treated with medication for anxiety and depression. Two months after he arrived, he killed himself by swallowing an unknown number of pills. He was the sixth soldier from Fort Carson to commit suicide in Iraq. At least 10 others have killed themselves in the U.S., nine after returning from the war.” -David Olinger & Erin Emery, The Denver Post (August 26, 2008)

An analysis of the information showed that:

• Army suicides in Iraq tripled in three years, from 10 in 2004 to 32 in 2007.

• In 2006 and 2007, 20 of the 59 soldiers who killed themselves in Iraq were deployed from a single base — Fort Hood in Texas.

• Fourteen of the soldiers who killed themselves in Iraq were 19 years old. Nearly half were 23 or younger.

Read more ‘Waging Internal War’ from The Denver Post here.

Related Links:
Understanding Mental Health in Veterans
Waging internal war – The Denver Post

September: U.S. Department of Defense Casualties Report (2007)

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09/27/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Mathew Taylor, 21, Afghanistan, Vicenza, Italy

09/27/2007:  Airman Missing In Action From WWII is Identified

09/27/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Christopher Pfeifer, 21, Afghanistan, Schweinfurt, Germany

09/26/2007:  DoD Identifies Navy Casualty: Charles Milam, 26, Afghanistan, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

09/26/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Zachary Tomczak, 24, Iraq, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

09/26/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Anthony Bento, 23, Iraq, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

09/26/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Kevin Brown, 38, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

09/25/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Matthew Blaskowski, 27, Afghanistan, Vicenza, Italy

09/24/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: David Watson, 29, NCD, Iraq, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

09/24/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Joshua Reeves, 26, Iraq, Fort Riley, Kansas

09/23/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Jonathan Lankford, 42, NCD, Iraq, Joint Base San Antonio (Fort Sam Houston), Texas

09/22/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Roselle Hoffmaster, 32, NCD, Iraq, Fort Drum, New York

09/22/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: John Young, 24, NCD, Iraq, Fort Drum, New York

09/21/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Luigi Marciante Jr, 25, Iraq, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

09/21/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Graham McMahon, 22, NCD, Iraq, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

09/20/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Edmund Jeffers, 23, NCD, Iraq, Fort Carson, Colorado

09/20/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Christian Neff, 19, Iraq, Fort Stewart, Georgia

09/19/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Aaron Walker, 23, Iraq, Vilseck, Germany

09/19/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Joseph Landry III, 23, Nicholas Olson, 22, and Donald Valentine III, 21, Iraq, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington

09/19/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Matthew Emerson, 20, NCD, Iraq, Fort Bliss, Texas

09/18/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Brandon Thorsen, 22, NCD, Iraq, Fort Bliss, Texas

09/17/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Michael Townes, 29, NCD, Iraq, Fort Hood

09/17/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Terry Wagoner, 28, Todd Motley, 23, Jonathan Rivadeneiva, 22, and Christopher McCloud, 24, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

09/17/2007:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Terrence Allen, 21, NCD, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

09/17/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: John Mele, 25, Iraq, Fort Stewart, Georgia

09/14/2007:  Marine Missing From Korean War Is Identified

09/13/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Yance Gray, 26, Gregory Rivera-Santiago, 26, Michael Hardegree, 21, Omar Mora, 28, Nicholas Patterson, 24, Ari Brown-Weeks, 23, and Steven Elrod, 20, NCDs, Iraq, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

09/12/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Courtney Hollinsworth, 26, Iraq, Fort Riley, Kansas

09/12/2007:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualties: Carlos Gilorozco, 23, and Jon Hicks Jr, 20, Iraq, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

09/12/2007:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Travis Woods, 21, Afghanistan, Camp Pendleton, California

09/11/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Javier Paredes, 24, Iraq, Fort Benning, Georgia

09/11/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Sammie Phillips, 19, NCD, Iraq, Kentucky Army National Guard

09/11/2007:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualty: Lance Clark, 21, NCD, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

09/11/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Alexander Gagalac, 28, Iraq, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

09/10/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Drew Jensen, 27, Iraq, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

09/10/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Marisol Heredia, 19, NCD, Iraq, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington 

09/10/2007:  History Of 9/11 Attack On The Pentagon Published

09/10/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Ryan Woodward, 22, Iraq, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

09/10/2007:  DoD Identifies Marine Casualties: Christopher Poole Jr, 22, Bryan Scripsick, 22, John Stock, 26, and Michael Yarbrough, 24, Iraq, Camp Pendleton, California

09/08/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Lee Wilson, 30, Jason Hernandez, 21, and Thomas Hilbert, 20, Iraq, Fort Bliss, Texas

09/08/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Mykel Miller, 19, Afghanistan, Arizona Army National Guard

09/07/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: Joel Murray, 26, David Lane, 20, and Randol Shelton, 22, Iraq, Fort Riley, Kansas

09/07/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Keith Nurnberg, 26, Iraq, Fort Benning, Georgia

09/07/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: David Cooper Jr, 36, NCD, Iraq, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

09/07/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Delmar White, 37, Iraq, Kentucky Army National Guard

09/06/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualties: William Warford III, 24, and Dane Balcon, 19, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

09/05/2007:  Airman Missing from WWII is Identified

09/05/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Rodney Johnson, 20, Iraq, Fort Riley, Kansas

09/05/2007:  DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty: Patrick Magnani, 38, NCD, Afghanistan, Aviano Air Base, Italy

09/05/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Christopher Patton, 21, NCD, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

09/05/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Kevin Gilbertson, 24, Iraq, Schweinfurt, Germany

09/03/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Justin Sanders, 22, NCD, Iraq, Fort Hood, Texas

09/03/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Travis Virgadamo, 19, NCD, Iraq, Fort Stewart, Georgia

09/01/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Daniel Scheibner, 40, Iraq, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

09/01/2007:  DoD Identifies Army Casualty: Andrew Nelson, 22, Iraq, Fort Bragg, North Carolina