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Pentagon chief ‘deeply concerned’ by alarming surge in suicide deaths among US troops-

The Pentagon chief has expressed serious concern about an alarming spike in suicide deaths among US forces.

“I’m deeply concerned about the suicide rates, not only here but across the force,” Lloyd Austin said on a visit to the Eielson air base in Alaska.

“One loss by suicide is too many. While we’re working hard on this problem, we have a lot more to do,” he added.

In 2020, 385 active-duty soldiers died by suicide, marking a sharp increase from the 326 cases reported by the Pentagon in 2018.

A USA Today report said more than 90% of those US forces who died by suicide were men, especially those who serve combat units, such as infantry. And, most of them are young, aged 18 to 26.

The Pentagon said stressors typically challenging military personnel were augmented by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic last year, adding that it necessitated some changes in the mental health services offered.

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