- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

FORT CAMPBELL, KY. (AP) - The Army chief of staff says a new training program will begin soon to help soldiers become more mentally resilient against the stress of war.

Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said Monday at Fort Campbell that the comprehensive soldier fitness program will focus on coping with stress, along with physical training.

The Army has been struggling to stem a rising number of suicides through prevention training. Eight Fort Campbell soldiers have killed themselves since the start of the year.

Casey says it’s no secret that repeat deployments add to the psychological burden on soldiers.

He says the program will start in about 60 days and follow up on Army-wide mandatory training on suicide prevention that was completed this month.

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