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High ranking Army official travelling to find way to reduce soldier suicides

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - The Army vice chief of staff visited
Fort Campbell, Ky., during a fact-finding tour of military
installations to examine ways to reduce an increasing rate of
soldier suicides.

General Peter Chiarelli met with soldiers, spouses and
commanders during his stop Thursday and told The Leaf-Chronicle that, for the first time, the suicide rate in the Army is higher than the national average.

During 2008, the Army had 140 suspected suicides among
active-duty troops.

Chiarelli said there's no doubt that stress is a factor, calling
the Army a "tired force."

But he urged soldiers to change the way they think about mental
illness, saying it is no different from any other injury.


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