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VA study: 22 vets commit suicide every day Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY 3:33p.m. EST February 1, 2013

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Source: USA Today

An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide in the United States every day, a slightly higher number than the 18-per-day rate the Department of Veterans Affairs had indicated in years past, according to a VA study made public today.

"We have more work to do," VA Secretary Eric Shinseki said in a statement released Friday. "We will use this data to continue to strengthen our suicide prevention efforts and ensure all veterans receive the care they have earned and deserve."

The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee called the pace of veterans suicides unacceptable. "What we're seeing is an extraordinary tragedy which speaks to the horror of war and the need for us to do a much better job of assisting our soldiers and their families after they return home," says Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

Researchers found that the average age of a veteran who commits suicide is about 60. Analysts concluded that Vietnam and female veterans need particular focus.They also determined that a very intense period of risk for suicide is the first four weeks after someone leaves the military, and that this period requires strong monitoring and case management.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/01/veterans-suicide/1883329/



Why can't these people get the help they need?

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Reply VA study: 22 vets commit suicide every day Gregg Zoroya, USA TODAY 3:33p.m. EST February 1, 2013 (Original post)
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valerief Feb 2013 #1
global1 Feb 2013 #2
indepat Feb 2013 #5
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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:59 PM

1. If war doesn't kill you, coming home will. nt

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:01 PM

2. Has Anyone Heard Or Read If Any Of These Vets That Commit Suicide Leave A Note....

as to what was troubling them and what led to their decision to end their life? I'm wondering if there is a common thread amongst them and their decisions.

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Response to global1 (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:30 PM

5. My best guess as to the common thread is in pre-emptive wars, every man, woman, and

child is regarded as the potential enemy and these veterans have either committed or have seen act(s) committed that are against their western sense of decency and morality, right and wrong, the rules of war, or the Geneva conventions, something that would be extremely difficult for anyone having a conscience and even a shard of humanity to deal and come to terms with. We all have our own sense of right and wrong, but when given an order in combat, no matter how seeming illegal that order may be, you either follow the order or will likely be taught a very good lesson, maybe the final lesson of your life.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:03 PM

3. We need some quick targeting of mental health resources

to these vets.

Would background checks help reduce this horrible rate?

Seems like it might be worth a try.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 04:46 PM

4. Where The Hell Was All This Support

40 years ago? Not only were we not welcomed home,
we were often reviled as being "baby killers" or worse.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:09 PM

6. Men over 50

facing extended unemployment, age discrimination, despair due to looming homelessness, a Republican viewpoint which offers no hope and a general sense of personal failure will easily become depressed and have anxiety attacks.

One very bad day can be the last straw.

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Response to Ian Iam (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 06:19 PM

7. Locking...

I'm sorry, but duplicate threads are not allowed in the LBN Forum. Here is a link to the Forum SOP. Here is a link to an earlier thread on the subject, where discussion should be directed.

Thanks for your participation, and for your interest in this important topic.

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