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Fort Bliss Recognized For Proactive Suicide Prevention Training Program

Fort Bliss Recognized For Proactive Suicide Prevention Training Program
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Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 5:45pm

Fort Bliss on Thursday received an award for having the most proactive suicide prevention traning program in the U.S. Army.

More than 11-thousand Fort Bliss soldiers received training last year, that's producing results. Fort Bliss said they have the lowest suicide prevention rate of any military installation in the country.

Six Fort Bliss soldiers took their own lives last year and three have committed suicide so far this year. Major General Dana Pittard says he won't be satisfied until that number is zero.

"This is about saving lives and the real award is we have soldiers walking around today, alive thanks to this training," he said. 

Starting in October, all soldiers entering the base will receive suicide prevention training -- up from the current 20 percent.

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