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Army secretary touts importance of mental health

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Army Secretary Eric Fanning says the Army is paying more attention to behavioral health and making sure anyone who's injured while defending the nation gets the treatment they need.

He says the Army and other military branches are conducting research into how military deployment affects anger.

Fanning told the Associated Press on Wednesday he's concerned that two recent mass shootings involved military veterans. But he says research doesn't show any cause and effect between military service and what happens after soldiers leave.

Fanning wants to look at the stigma he says still exists about behavioral health. He says seeking help is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness.

Fanning is in Hawaii as part of a tour of military bases throughout the Pacific region.

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