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March 25, 2004 3:00 AM

Army plans improvements in mental health care, suicide prevention

The Army is taking steps to ensure that soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait have better access to psychologists and other mental health professionals after a spike in suicides last summer. The Army has already appointed a consultant to oversee mental health issues for soldiers in the region, officials said Thursday. Further steps include making sure that soldiers receive treatment nearer to their units and improving the soldiers psychological care once they are evacuated from the combat zone for such care.

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