US Marines remain focused on preventing suicides

By REUTERS
August 29, 2012 00:04

 
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WASHINGTON - The US Marine Corps is using interactive videos and other measures to reduce the number of suicides in its ranks, but it expects 2012 to be another "tough year" for the entire US military, the service's top general said on Tuesday.

Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos said concerted efforts had helped reduce the number of suicides in the Marine Corps to 32 in 2011 from a record high of 52 in 2009, but the trend looked worse for this year.

"Even with the attention of the leadership, I think all the services are feeling it," Amos said after a speech at the National Press Club. "This year ... is going to be a tough year for all the services."

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