FORT LEE, Va. (WTVR) – Fort Lee army base near Petersburg, Virginia is investigating whether or not the deaths of four soldiers on post this year were suicides, according to a report on Progress-index.com. The news website reported there were two suicides there last year. According to a press release from the Department of Defense, the military is investigating 25 potential suicides nationwide for the month of July.
Neither Fort Lee nor the Department of the Army would comment for the story.
“Suicide is the toughest enemy I have faced in my 37 years in the Army,” Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, said in a press release about military suicide. “To combat it effectively will require sophisticated solutions aimed at helping individuals to build resiliency and strengthen their life coping skills.”