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By Karen Parrish American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2012 – Pentagon leaders are committed to caring for service members and their families, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter told an Army audience today during remarks at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual convention here.

On the subject of mental health: “Service and DOD leaders are also taking steps to strengthen mental health services, the deputy secretary said.”

“We’re elevating the issue of mental health to the same level as physical health,” he said. “And we want all [service members] to know that seeking help when they’re in need of it is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness.” To read the full article go to: