According to officials with the Defense Department, military suicides dropped by 22 percent this year.
Last year, suicide took the lives of more service members than the war in Afghanistan, causing the Defense Department to proclaim the issue an epidemic. Despite a variety of new programs targeting suicide among service members, officials were hesitant to give those programs credit since they say they still do not completely comprehend why troops take their own lives.
The drawdown in Afghanistan is also not a likely cause, since many troops who have committed suicide never served on the front lines.
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