PARADISE LOST: Navy Housing Contractor Seeks to Evict Pearl Harbor Sailor and His Family Due to Suicide Ideations

Police Standoff has Hawaii Navy Family Facing Eviction

by William Cole
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Aug. 29, 2012

HONOLULU — An 18-year Navy man, his wife and their three children — one of whom is autistic — are being kicked out of their Forest City military housing because the sailor was stressed, threatened to take his life inside his home, and caused a 12-hour standoff with police before he was taken into custody, the man’s wife said.

The private contractor Forest City has served eviction papers to an 18-year Navy family living in the Radford Terrace Navy housing community on Oahu, Hawaii, reportedly because he suffered a mental breakdown and became suicidal. Police dispatched SWAT members to Chad and Melissa Carter’s home on Aug. 14 after his wife learned her husband might be suicidal. Carter, 36, is a sonar technician on the destroyer USS Chung-Hoon based at Pearl Harbor. With the help of police, he was taken to Tripler Army Medical Center and admitted for treatment and is undergoing a 4-week program for PTSD his wife said. The couple has three children.

“I am horrified that Forest City is trying to remove my family from military housing because they did not like the police in the neighborhood when I called thinking my husband might harm himself,” said Melissa Carter.

“Suicide is a huge problem in the military right now, so I was shocked that my trying to get my husband help for what is quite possibly a military-related mental break is being treated so callously by private housing.”

The action raises the question as to privatized military housing operator responsibilities at a time when military stress is rising and well-documented.

Chad Carter, a 36-year-old sonar technician on the destroyer USS Chung-Hoon, was admitted to Tripler Army Medical Center’s psychiatric ward after the incident and will be in a civilian post-traumatic stress center for at least four weeks, his wife said.

The incident happened Aug. 14 in Radford Terrace housing.

Suicide is a huge problem in the military right now, so I was shocked that my trying to get my husband help for what is quite possibly a military-related mental break is being treated so callously by private housing — Melissa Carter

On Aug. 17, privatized military housing landlord Forest City sent the Carters a letter saying their month-to-month lease was being terminated and they had 45 days to move out.

A separate barricade situation Thursday in Moanalua Terrace military housing saw a 22-year-old Pearl Harbor sailor armed with a shotgun threaten others before surrendering to police, officials said.

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Suicides on Record Pace in Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard; Prevention Programs AWOL

“We’re very focused on this,” said Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff, in a recent USA Today interview. At least 38 soldiers died from suicide in July, the most ever in a single month since Army leaders began publishing their suicide data. Army leaders have placed heavy emphasis on suicide prevention studies, recently spending at least $50 million. Army leaders have shifted the bulk of their prevention efforts into resiliency-building programs that rely on positive psychology training theory in an attempt to develop ‘psychological armor’ within its ranks. (DoD)

Army Faces Highest Monthly Total of Suicides

By Patricia Kime – Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Aug 16, 2012 13:20:17 EDT

The Army experienced a record 38 suicides in July, the highest monthly total since the service began releasing monthly figures in 2009.

According to an Army report, 26 active-duty soldiers and 12 Army National Guard or Army Reserve members were suspected of or confirmed to have died by suicide.

The soldiers included a 21-year-old air traffic controller who shot himself in his Fort Wainwright, Alaska, barracks; a 26-year-old captain who died at an indoor firing range in Virginia, and a 29-year-old sergeant who had deployed four times to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Three soldiers died at their own hands on deployment, and 13 had deployed at least once. But nine had never seen combat, according to the Army.

I do believe suicide is preventable. To combat it effectively will require sophisticated solutions aimed at helping individuals to build resiliency and strengthen their life coping skills — Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, vice chief of staff of the Army in a written statement released to the media Aug. 16, 2012

All were men, and three-fourths were in pay grades E-3 through E-5.

The deaths bring the total number of suspected suicides by soldiers to 187 for the year: 116 on active duty and 71 nonmobilized Guard or Reserve members. The previous record for a single month was 33 in July 2011.

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True Number of Military Suicides Represent American Story That’s Hidden, Shameful

Marines from Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, a reserve unit located in Brunswick, Maine, tune weapons at Camp Leatherneck during deployment in Afghanistan in 2011. Suicide statistics among reserve units are shrouded in mystery as the military does not provide information about reserve members once activated units return from deployment and resume reserve status. The Maine unit has been activated three times since 2003. (DoD)

U.S. Troop Suicides Need Proper Definition

Suicide statistics among service members belonging to demobilized reserve units are both unknown and unreported

Gasparilla Gazette, June 13, 2012

Memorial Day, America’s most somber holiday, was defined this year by disheartening war news from the Associated Press.

Troop suicides, little-acknowledged war casualties, have outpaced the number of troops killed in action by 50 percent so far this year.

The U.S. Army reported 154 suicides among active-duty troops in the first 155 days of 2012.

The one-a-day rate is unexpectedly high. AP calls it “the fastest pace in the nation’s decade of war.”

These deaths are an American tragedy. And the numbers are much worse than they appear at first glance.

Non-active duty reservists are not counted among the war dead by the military. Returning vets under Veterans Administration care are omitted, too. Returning vets not enrolled in the VA system are also ignored.

That’s an estimated two-thirds of U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, many more than once. The military does not acknowledge these suicide deaths.

These unacknowledged, unreported military deaths are an American shame.

Veteran suicides are troop suicides – even if they were committed technically out of service.

They count.

They all count and must be included as we tally our casualties of war.

Only in this way can the full impact of deployment, and of military service, be addressed with proper training, intervention and treatment without fear.

We owe our military personnel and their families nothing less.

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