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Indiana Paper Carries Word of Yet Another Iraq Vet Suicide

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Indiana Paper Carries Word of Yet Another Iraq Vet Suicide

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Another veteran of the Iraq war committed suicide over the weekend.

The subject of U.S. military veterans suicides has finally become a hot media topic in recent days, peaking last week with hearings in Congress concerning the surprisingly high suicide rate (about 1000 attempts per month) and the Veterans Affairs apparent efforts to obscure the true numbers. For nearly five years, E&P has monitored the little-reported cases of suicides among U.S. military personnel in Iraq, and after they return home.

Often, local newspapers are the only sources for information.It happened again today with a report in The Herald Bulletin of Madison County, Indiana.

"Questions still remained Saturday after the suicide of a decorated Iraq war veteran in the Elwood City Jail on Friday," the newspaper's Jessica Kerman reporter.

U.S. Army Spc. Timothy K. Israel, 23, was pronounced dead at 2:45 p.m. Friday at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital in Elwood after an Elwood police officer found him hanging in a holding cell 15 minutes earlier, according to Ned Dunnichay, Madison County coroner. …

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