Army Officer Pledges To Tackle Problem Of Suicides

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Cate Location: the springs/ boston on Mar 18, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    Thats such a lie, they always say they are going to "address the problems" but has it happened?? nope! its never ending broken promises and lies being fed to us, while the soldiers and their families suffer.
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