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Three army soldiers kill themselves in 2 days


FORT DRUM, NY – MAY 18: Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division prepare to board a Blackhawk helicopter during a training mission for future deployments May 18, 2016 at Fort Drum, New York. Although most of the US combat force has been withdrawn from the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, troops are on near constant training exercises for future conflicts. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

FORT DRUM, NY (NewsNation Now) – The military is investigating the deaths of three servicemen who died by suicide over a two-day period at Fort Drum, upstate New York.

A spokesperson told NewsNation that the deaths of Private First Class Tyler Thomas, 21, specialist Sika Tapueluelu, 26, and Staff Sergeant Angel Green, 24, were separate, self-inflicted and unrelated.

The dead were among the members of the famous 10th Mountain Division.

Members of the unit are among those brought back to the United States during the chaotic United States withdrawal from Afghanistan. Over 100 soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry had been there for over nine months. They were tasked with securing Kabul airport as the city fell into Taliban hands.

Despite the dangerous mission, there were no combat casualties within the unit.

A source told NewsNation that one of the soldiers was among the very last to return home. His deployment would not be linked to his death.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The military is working to remind the military to reach out if they need help.

“If you have any issues, challenges or issues, help from this chain of command is available all the way to help you get the resources you need,” said Major General Milford H. Beagle, Jr .. “Do not suffer in silence.

During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, PTSD and self-harm became one of the biggest problems facing the US military. The latest report on military suicides prepared earlier this year by the Veterans Administration found that four times as many soldiers and veterans died by suicide than in combat.

If you or someone you know is considering harming yourself, call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255.


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