Submit Questions About New Army Mental Resilience Program

BY News Desk  December 14, 2011 at 4:00 PM EST


Soldiers walk past military vehicles and trucks loaded with equipment as part of preparations to leave their military base in Iraq. Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images.

On Wednesday’s NewsHour, Betty Ann Bowser profiles a new program from the United States Army that is designed to help troops who are preparing for or returning from combat.

The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program was launched in 2009 with the intent of boosting the mental toughness of every man and woman in uniform, the NewsHour’s Jason Kane writes in a preview of the broadcast. By teaching soldiers how to better communicate with loved ones, become more aware of their emotions and change the way they cope with emotional stress, Army officials hope to reverse the number of troops suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and suicide.

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Before, during and after the program, submit your questions about the program in the comments or tweet to @NewsHourHealth.

Bryant Welch, a psychotherapist who has treated hundreds of trauma survivors and has said he has reservations about the program, and representatives from the Army will answer your questions.

Read more about the program and how it has helped one young Army widow here.

Submit your questions below, and to @NewsHourHealth on Twitter.