Can an Alcohol Abuse Program Decrease Army-Related Homicides?

July 22 2009, 12:38 PM

udall-mark_with-flagColorado's senators are urging the Army to include Fort Carson in a pilot program to reduce alcohol abuse among soldiers in the wake of a study last week that found a possible association between a string of alleged homicides at the post and soldiers' combat experiences. The pilot program at several other Army posts would remove a requirement that soldiers seeking help for alcohol problems notify their commanders in order to remove any stigma, according to The Washington Post. The report released last week found, in part, that soldiers seeking substance abuse and mental health treatment have faced problems getting help (via Salon). "I'm concerned that more and more service members suffering from psychological wounds are self-medicating with drugs and alcohol," says Colorado Senator Mark Udall (pictured), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Meanwhile, Fort Carson's commander, Maj. Gen. Graham, is leaving the post. Graham ordered the recent report, citing concern about murders in the Colorado Springs area. Maj. Gen. David Perkins will become the post's new commander, according to a press release, which does not state where Graham will go.