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Army suicides to top 2008, but progress reported

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WASHINGTON (KWWL) - The Army says soldier suicides this year are almost sure to top last year's, but that it has made progress in stemming the problem in recent months.

Army Vice Chief of Staff General Peter Chiarelli told a Pentagon press conference Tuesday that as of Monday, 140 soldiers are believed to have died of self-inflicted wounds. That's the same as were confirmed for all of 2008.

But Chiarelli says that huge monthly numbers reported in January and February have tapered off and that the trend is mostly downward since March. Chiarelli says he believes the Army is beginning to make progress toward cutting suicides -- after an unprecedented effort at working with soldiers through new programs.

Online News Director Nate Leding

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