A Fort Carson soldier has died after rolling his car on an exit ramp early Sunday morning in Colorado Springs. According to reports, the 22-year-old soldier was attempting to exit off southbound Academy Boulevard onto Westmeadow Drive when he lost control of his 2009 Chevy Cobalt. In trying to regain control of his car, he overcompensated, rolling his vehicle around 1:40 am.
According to Colorado State troopers, the 22-year-old was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. The soldier had one passenger, a 24-year-old from Colorado Springs who survived the wreck and was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries.
The Colorado State Patrol released a statement claiming, ‘Alcohol is considered to be a contributing factor in the crash which remains under investigation at this time.’
Data put together by the US military and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) indicates that conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have been accompanied by an increase in alcohol and drug abuse among troops. And the NIDA has cited alcohol abuse as the most widespread crisis among service members, and it’s been reported that the number of troops abusing alcohol as nearly doubled within the past five years.
During and after deployment, 97% of soldiers who developed alcohol abuse issues were male, 75% were 35-years-old or younger, and single soldiers made up 45%.
The US military is aware of the destructive trend and is attempting to help soldiers suffering from alcohol related issues with programs like the U.S. Army Substance Abuse Program, whose stated mission is to ‘strengthen the overall fitness and effectiveness of the Army’s workforce, to conserve manpower and enhance the combat readiness of Soldiers.’
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