Report: Longview soldier committed suicide

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by Associated Press

kgw.com

Posted on October 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- A new report says a female soldier from Longview killed herself in Afghanistan last year as she served alone in a guard tower, where she was stationed despite a long history of mental-health issues that was not communicated to her supervisors.

The Daily News of Longview reports that an Army investigation determined that Spc. Mikayla Bragg's commanding officers were never told she had made an apparent previous suicide attempt while serving stateside in Fort Knox, even though officials at the Kentucky base knew of it.

Her superiors also didn't know she had spent 45 days in an Army hospital at Fort Knox for mental-health treatment just months before she deployed. She had been hospitalized after telling doctors she wanted to crash a car and injure herself.

One behavioral health officer wrote to investigators that Bragg "fell through the cracks."

The newspaper obtained the report through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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