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Nov 13, 2009 10:04 AM by Pauline Jelinek

Army says morale down among troops in Afghanistan

The army says morale has fallen among its forces in Afghanistan, where troops are seeing record violence in the 8-year-old war.

A new battlefield survey taken several months ago found instances of depression, anxiety and other psychological problems about the same as in 2007 - but there was a significant drop in unit morale. The Army also says there is a shortage of mental health workers to help soldiers, partly because of the troop buildup started this year by President Barack Obama.

Efforts already under way to get more mental health workers to the war are hampered somewhat by last week's shooting at Fort Hood. The army psychiatrist charged in the shootings was slated to go to Afghanistan. Some of the dead and wounded also were to deploy there to bolster psychological services for soldiers.

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