Berlin (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has behind the project of free train rides for soldiers. The Chancellor expressly supports and welcomes this initiative, said government spokesman Steffen Seibert. These are people who provide daily service to all of us, and with the free train ride there is a way to show appreciation and gratitude. Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer had talked about free train rides for soldiers to increase the visibility of the Bundeswehr.