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    A Soldier Attempted Suicide in Poland. Left to Roam at Fort Riley, He Killed Himself.

    A Soldier Attempted Suicide in Poland. Left to Roam at Fort Riley, He Killed Himself.

    Warning: This story includes discussion of suicidal ideation and details of a suicide attempt.

    It was a cold March day in , and no one had seen Spc. Austin Valley in hours.

    Valley, 21, had sent his parents a suicide note. During a frantic search, soldiers followed footprints in the snow into the dark woods, where they heard gurgling noises.

    It was Valley, a young infantryman, attempting to hang himself. The soldiers swiftly cut him down, and his unit sent him back to Riley, Kansas.

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    Exactly 30 days after the suicide attempt in Poland, Valley died by suicide outside of his girlfriend's apartment 60 miles from Fort Riley — the Army where his family assumed he was getting the help he needed and was under proper supervision.

    The following day, his parents took him off life support.

    Valley served in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. He was the assigned driver for Command Sgt. Maj. Ryan Dilling, the top enlisted leader for the battalion.

    The unit's response to Valley's first attempt to kill himself raises questions over whether the Army's suicide prevention efforts provide clear, concise response plans for units. His parents believe he never got the care he needed at Fort Riley.

    .com reviewed numerous text messages between Valley and soldiers in his unit, including…

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