A top Army commander says suicide is having an impact on every segment of the Army at a time when its force is "tired and stretched" by war.
In prepared testimony Wednesday before a Senate subcommittee, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli says troops have been taking their own lives from all ranks.
Chiarelli says relationship problems appear to be factor in a majority of the suicides, but he adds that the stress of a deployment can worsen other problems in a soldier's life.
Chiarelli is vowing to tackle the problem of suicides in the Army.
Last year, the Army had 140 suicides among active-duty troops, an all-time high. It reported 24 suspected suicides in January, followed by 18 suspected last month.
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