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Internal Army study cites more suicides than reported to public

By Byant Furlow at Epinews

May 26, 2010 — The U.S. Army’s publicly disclosed soldier suicide counts for 2008 and 2009, the highest on record, are lower than those reported in a new internal Army study obtained by epiNewswire.

The disparity is modest. The internal study, completed last month, lists a total of 311 soldier suicides for 2008 and 2009.   As of April 2010, the Army’s publicly disclosed suicide count for those two years totaled 300.

It is unclear whether the discrepancy is due to inaccurately low public disclosures or inaccurately high numbers in the internal study.

Because of the time sometimes required to confirm suicide determinations, estimated suicide rates for a given month can climb over a period of several months. But that does not appear to explain the disparity between the numbers reported to the public and those listed in the internal study.

The study reports 166 soldier suicides for 2009, for example — six more than the 160 Army officials reported to the Congress and journalists in April 2010, the same month the study was completed.

Army suicide data released to the public May 13 included “updated numbers for 2009” totaling 163 suicides, reflecting three newly confirmed suicides.   Two of those deaths had been initially declared accidental, according to an Army press release.

But the revised 2009 figure released this month was still lower than the 166 cases cited in the Army’s internal study.

“I think it’s reasonable for the numbers to change over time as new evidence is considered,” Maj. Remington Nevin, M.D., told  epiNewswire. “The larger point is that it is certainly possible that our official suicide numbers reflect only a proportion of the true burden of suicide, and that many “accidental” deaths may actually reflect intentional death.”

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May 26, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

DynCorp Sued for $10 Million by Injured Army Pilots

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May 26 (Bloomberg) — DynCorp International Inc., a defense contractor that helps maintain military aircraft, was sued for at least $10 million in federal court by two former U.S. Army pilots who were injured in a 2008 helicopter crash in Iraq.

Special Operations unit members Gary Linfoot and Gregory Cooper were flying the helicopter south of Baghdad when its main rotor driveshaft failed and the aircraft crashed, according to a complaint filed yesterday in Wilmington, Delaware.

Linfoot and Cooper, both of Tennessee, “suffered severe and permanent bodily and emotional injuries” causing pain, fear, medical expenses and earnings loss, their lawyers said in court papers.

“DynCorp was responsible for maintaining the subject helicopter in an airworthy condition” and the pilots were hurt as a result of the company’s “negligent acts,” the complaint contends.

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, DynCorp, Iraq, Legal Jurisdictions, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Flour Contractor Dies in Afghan Attack

A Fluor Corp. employee from North Carolina was killed in a May 19 attack on Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

The contractor was the sole fatality, but several service members were wounded, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.The name of the contractor wasn’t released because of Fluor policy, said Keith Stephens, company spokesman. The casualty was Fluor’s first due to hostile action, he said.

Stephens said the contractor “was in an area of the base that was the focus of the attack

From GreenvilleOnline.com

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties | , , , , | Leave a comment