Record-High Soldier Suicide Prompts Action

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A suicide prevention program is underway for soldiers of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Commanders at the base have suspended the soldiers' routine duties for the next three days as they focus on suicide prevention.

This comes after at least 11 suicides at the Army base occurred this year, which is an average of one per week from January to March.

A chaplain on the base said frequent deployments by the division since 2001 have contributed to the soldiers' stress.

Brig. Gen. Stephen Townsend addressed a group of 25,000 soldiers, Thursday, assuring that they "wouldn't hesitate to seek medical attention for a physical wound" and they shouldn't hesitate for a psychological injury either.

The Fort Campbell base has more reported suicides this year than any other base.

Source: The Associated Press

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