WASHINGTON — Alarmed by three suicides in three weeks among U.S. troops in Haiti, the Pentagon announced Tuesday that a "combat stress action team" has arrived to provide counseling.
Pentagon officials said they don't know if the suicides are related, but the number of self-inflicted deaths among the roughly 20,000 personnel in Haiti is unusual.
In Somalia, where 96,000 troops served more than a year, there was one suicide. During the Persian Gulf War, there were 25 times more troops than in Haiti, but just eight suicides.
Two of the men in Haiti served in the same brigade of the Army's 10th Mountain Division. The dead included Army Pvt. Gerardo D. Luciano, 22, who died Sunday in Port-au-Prince.