Morning Read: Another North Country soldier suicide

The US Army has determined that Pfc. David Jones Jr., from St. Johnsville — just south of the Adirondack Park — took his own life while serving in Afghanistan.  This from the Utica Observer Dispatch.

Jones was a 2008 graduate of St. Johnsville High School and joined the Army in October 2009. After his death, his body was flown to Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome on Nov. 4 and then escorted in a procession to his hometown of St. Johnsville.

A military funeral at St. John’s Reformed Church on Nov. 6 was followed by burial at West St. Johnsville Cemetery.

This is an issue that our own David Sommerstein has covered.  A recent report by one of our sister public radio stations in Washington state traced the impact of high suicide rates at a military base in their community.  This from KUOW.

50 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis McChord have killed themselves since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq . Some committed suicide on-base, others off and still others while deployed overseas.

Meanwhile, the family of David Jones are disputing the Army’s suicide determination and have alleged that he was murdered by a fellow soldier, a claim the military rejects.  Read more about that in the Albany Times Union.

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