Army rules former Fort Bliss Major General's death a suicide

El Paso, Texas - The death of a former Commanding General at Fort Bliss has been ruled a suicide, making him the highest-ranking soldier to ever take his own life.

Major General (P) John Rossi was the former Commanding General of the 32nd Army Air Missile Defense Command at For Bliss. The Army announced Friday that Rossi committed suicide on July 31st.Th

The 55-year-old was days away from pinning on his third star and taking command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama.

Rossi served seven tours at Fort Bliss. He left El Paso in 2012 and was reassigned to the Pentagon. He is survived by his wife of 32-years and three children.

In a statement released on Friday, the Army said Rossi's death is a "tremendous loss" for the Rossi family and the entire Army Family. They also said that his death is a painful reminder of the tragedy of suicide.

The family released a statement through the Army asking for space to grieve in private and for the Army to continue to better understand suicide and to help treat those in need.

If you or someone you know would like to speak with someone confidentially about any issues you may be facing, you can contact the Veterans Crisis line at 1-800-273-8255 (press 1). You can also text that same 838255. The VA Crisis Line says you do not have to be registered with the VA or enrolled in VA healthcare to use the service.

Resources are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.


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