(The Wire) The military suicide rate has dropped among active duty service members, but the deaths of Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers increased, new figures from the Defense Department reveal.

Reservist suicides increased from 140 in 2012 to 152 in 2013, slightly higher than the number of active duty suicides, at 151.

Because many members of the Army National Guard and Reserve live in remote communities, getting quick access to military health services is often more difficult, the Associated Press’s Lolita C. Baldor reports. More than half of reservists who committed suicide over the past two years had links to Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army said.

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