After U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Baker had suicidal thoughts, the lack of mental health providers in Alaska forced him to wait for help.
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Suicide devastates more than the service member and their family. It reverberates among the soldier's peers, eroding morale and readiness, said Col. Stephen Phillips, who commands the Army's 1-25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team at Fort Wainwright.
Seven soldiers at Fort Wainwright have died by suicide since Phillips took command of the brigade in 2020. None of the units he'd commanded in the 20 prior years had suffered one soldier lost to suicide.
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