Thursday, May 28, 2009

Army post shuts down for anti-suicide event

CNN) -- A major United States military post is shutting down for three days following a rash of suicides, the post announced.

Troops from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, depart for the Persian Gulf in 2003.

Fort Campbell, home of the Army's 101st Airborne Division, is holding a three-day "suicide stand-down training event" starting Wednesday -- the second one it has held this year, a post spokeswoman told CNN.

At least 11 deaths of Fort Campbell soldiers this year are confirmed or suspected suicides, spokeswoman Kelly Tyler said. That's out of 64 confirmed or suspected suicides in the entire Army, according to official statistics. At that rate, the Army is on pace for a record number of suicides this year.

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--submitted by Patti Woodard

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