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Military suicides hit record high in 2012

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Suicides in the United States military reached 349 last year, exceeding the 295 combat deaths.

Some, including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, are calling military suicides an epidemic that some fear will worsen in 2013.

The Army had the highest number among active-duty soldiers with 182 suicides. However, the Marines saw the highest percentage increase, with a 50 percent increase to 48. The Air Force and Navy saw 59 and 60 suicides respectively.

There were 301 military suicides in 2011.

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