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Michigan National Guard Conducts Suicide Prevention

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The Michigan National Guard is joining the U.S. Army "stand down" suicide prevention effort.

American troops have suffered more suicides than combat deaths this year.  Around the world, mandatory training is being conducted aimed at preventing active duty troop suicides.

In Michigan, that training includes a video with Maj. General Gregory Vadnais, who commands the Michigan Army and Air National Guard.

"We will continue to promote the emotional, social, physical and spiritual health of our soldiers, airmen and family members to connect them with quality care," Vadnais says.

The Washington Post has reported that through the end of July, the U.S. Army reported 116 suicides among active duty personnel.  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has made lowering the suicide rate a top priority.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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