General: Rising suicide rate frustrating to Army

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- The second-highest ranking officer in the Army says it is frustrating that the number of soldiers taking their own lives continues to rise despite concerted efforts to offer assistance.

Army Vice Chief of Staff John F. Campbell says the military is now trying a campaign to reach soldiers in distress before the problems reach a crisis level. Campbell made his remarks Thursday at Fort Campbell.

Suicides by service members have gone up since 2008 and reached 350 in 2012.

Campbell says bringing down the number of suicides is going to require soldiers at all levels to recognize when others are having trouble.

The stop at the post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line is one of several for the general. He'll speak about the program Friday at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

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