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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The head of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization is urging more than 1.6 million veteran members to reach out to other soldiers who may be considering suicide.
Commander in Chief Glen Gardner issued the open letter following the announcement last week that 11 soldiers from Fort Campbell, Ky., have committed suicide in 2009 — the highest of any Army post.
The Army reached the highest rate of suicides on record last year.
Gardner said Wednesday that veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are more likely to open up to other combat veterans about personal or psychological problems.
He asked the members to listen, be sympathetic and take them to professional counseling through the military or the Veterans Affairs.