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For U.S. troops, less combat is not translating to less stress. Members of the military committed suicide at a record pace in 2012 - almost one per day - and some experts think the trend will grow worse this year. Pentagon figures obtained Monday by The Associated Press show 349 suicides among active-duty troops last year, up from 301 the year before and exceeding the Pentagon's own internal projection of 325.
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