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Nov 11, 2013 10:59 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Military suicides down 22% for 2013

WASHINGTON D.C.- New numbers concerning suicides in the military point to a promising trend.

Suicides are down by more than 22% for 2013. The Department of Defense hopes an array of new programs are starting to make a difference after last year's epidemic.

Suicides took more service members' lives in 2012 than the war in Afghanistan did during that same time. It was the highest since the Pentagon began closely tracking numbers in 2001.

The military hopes prevention programs across all branches of the service may finally be taking hold.

Those programs encourage troops who are in trouble to speak out and seek help.

 

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