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Apr 25, 2014 6:58 AM by Associated Press

Number of military suicides dropped last year

WASHINGTON (AP) - Officials say suicides across the military dropped by more than 15 percent last year but rose among Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers.

The overall totals provided by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps give some hope that the broad swath of prevention programs and increased efforts to identify troops at risk may be taking hold after several years of increasing numbers.

The rise in suicides among Army National Guard and Reserve members raises questions about whether those programs are getting to the citizen soldiers who may not have the same access to support networks and help that their active duty comrades receive.

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