- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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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