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Milites Christi, a student group at Duke University Divinity School, hopes to work with the military about the number of suicides in its ranks. Milites Christi, a student group at Duke University Divinity School, hopes to work with the military about the number of suicides in its ranks.
DURHAM, N.C. -

A student group at Duke University Divinity School hopes to work with the military about the number of suicides in its ranks.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reported that members of the group, Milites Christi, held a service of reconciliation Saturday outside Duke Chapel.

Third-year divinity student Todd Lovell says the church can help the military address the problem.

The service was held the day before the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff gave Duke's commencement speech. Lovell says Gen. Martin Dempsey couldn't attend the event Saturday but supports their efforts.

New data released last month shows that suicides among Army National Guard and Reserve members increased last year while the number of active-duty troops across the military who took their own lives dropped by more than 15 percent

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