‘The toughest enemy’

Lisa Chedekel of C-HIT.org writes on the state’s investigative health website this week that the total number of soldiers who committed suicide in July — 38, including 26 on active duty — is the highest since the Army started reporting monthly statistics in 2009.

Chedekel reports that Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, vice chief of staff of the Army, said, “Suicide is the toughest enemy I have faced in my 37 years in the Army.” He insisted, however, that suicide is “preventable.”