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Record Suicides, Army Temp Halts Training At Ft Campbell
Army Halts Training at Base over Record Suicides
The US Army has temporarily suspended regular operations at a Kentucky base that leads the military in suicides. At least eleven soldiers have taken their lives at Fort Campbell this year. The Pentagon says it will halt regular training for three days so commanders can identify and help soldiers at risk of suicide.
From January to March, the installation on the Kentucky-Tennessee line averaged one suicide per week, Townsend said. After an Army-wide suicide prevention campaign in started in March, there were no suicides for six weeks, he said.
"But last week we had two. Two in a week," Townsend said.
The Army has said that soldier suicides reached the highest rate on record in 2008. Officials said the deaths in 2008 would amount to a rate of 20.2 per 100,000 soldiers, which is higher than the civilian rate, when adjusted to reflect the Army's younger and male-heavy demographics.
Frequent deployments by the division since 2001 have contributed to the stress suffered by soldiers at Fort Campbell, said Col. Ken Brown, the head of chaplains on the installation.
This coupled with all the other horrific allegations and the heavy amounts of psychotropic medications these guys are on during battle??...something's VERY,VERY wrong deep within this system, and Ft. Campbell, what's goes on there anyway?
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