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Army worried about rise in gambling

11 March 2009

VILSECK, Germany -- As reported by Stars and Stripes: "An increase in gambling at U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwöhr suggests that some 172nd Infantry Brigade soldiers and families members could develop gambling addictions related to stressful deployments, according to a top Army official in the area.

"While not providing financial data to support his assertion, garrison commander Col. Nils "Chris" Sorenson recently told a group of soldiers that more money is being put into the on-post slot machines.

"The garrison is home to more than 20,000 soldiers and family members.

"Sorenson, a former Green Beret, suggested some soldiers develop gambling addiction after returning from a stressful deployment, and some wives of deployed soldiers use gambling as a way to cope while their husband is away.

"'I don't see MWR (slot machines) as being a problem. Most people are gambling responsibly, drinking responsibly and mountain biking responsibly,' he said..."

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