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Army still plagued by suicides

After a record year, fewer active-duty soldiers are killing themselves, but more suicides are being seen among reservists and National Guard members who are back in civilian life.  A Pentagon task force studying suicides in the ranks tied the grim revelation to an economy still deep in the dumps.

“Although active-duty suicides are trending down this year, so far in 2010 we are noticing an upward trend in the number of non-active-duty suicides,” Col. Chris Philbrick, the Army's Suicide Prevention Task Force director, said Thursday. “There are some indications that our reservists are being doubly affected with additional stress by the challenging job market, recovering economy and uncertainty.”


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