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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks about suicide prevention at the annual Suicide Prevention Conference held by the Dept. of Defense and Veterans Administration, in Washington. Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 in 2012.

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2012 military suicides hit a record high of 349

Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year, far exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan, and some private experts are predicting the dark trend will grow worse this year.

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