despite the increased efforts, the increased attention, the trends continue to move in a troubling and tragic direction.
McKinney, TX (PRWEB) January 30, 2013
Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta acknowledged at a joint suicide prevention conference between the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs that “despite the increased efforts, the increased attention, the trends continue to move in a troubling and tragic direction.” He made this statement in June of 2012. In fact, Secretary Panetta’s observation about the mental health issues facing both active-duty and non-active-duty soldiers would end up being sad foreshadowing just six months later. By the end of 2012, the U.S. Military’s suicide rate had grown a startling 15-percent. Furthermore, the Pentagon has stated that casualties on the battlefield are no longer the primary reason for soldiers’ deaths.
Across all branches of the U.S. Military, 349 service members committed suicide in 2012. The highest number and highest rate of suicides occurred in the Army, where more than 32 soldiers for every 100,000 committed suicide. To this end, the Pentagon and the Army have been proactive in addressing the issue through various measures. One such way is through the U.S. Army Medical command, or MEDCOM. MEDCOM provides command and control of the Army's fixed-facility medical, dental and veterinary treatment facilities, providing preventive care, medical research and development and training institutions. MEDCOM has made it a priority to place Embedded Behavioral Health Facilities at Army posts across the country. Contracted through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Office in Huntsville, AL, Icon Construction, Inc. of McKinney, TX was tasked with building an approximately 5,000 square foot Embedded Behavioral Health Facility at Fort Benning in Georgia.
Icon Construction is one of the country’s premier manufacturers of modular buildings. By utilizing modular construction, the Army was able to ensure that this EBH facility was up and running in a short amount of time, as to better serve those soldiers struggling with mental health issues. In fact, in just a matter of a couple of months, Icon Construction was able to deliver a fully-functional Embedded Behavioral Health Facility to Fort Benning, GA. “Icon Construction has a long and proud history of providing facilities to the U.S. Military to serve a variety of needs. However, we can think of no greater honor than to provide these Embedded Behavioral Health facilities that will be used to treat our fighting men and women who have risked their lives for our freedoms and currently find themselves battling the terrible enemy of mental illness,” said Icon Construction President James B. Bell, III. Bell added, “Icon Construction looks forward to providing more of these modular embedded behavioral health facilities at military installations across the country, from New York state to Washington State.”