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VA report: 22 veterans commit suicide each day

By Kevin Freking

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 06:53 a.m. HST, Feb 01, 2013



WASHINGTON » A new report finds that the number of veterans who commit suicide each day is about 20 percent higher than the Department of Veterans Affairs has previously estimated, but the problem doesn't appear to be getting worse for veterans compared to the rest of the country.

Indeed, the overall percentage of suicides by veterans has declined over the years. VA researchers say the trend suggests their efforts to reduce suicide among veterans may be having an effect.

About 22 veterans committed suicide each day in 2010. Previous estimates from the VA put the number at 18.

While much attention has been paid to suicides by veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, the report indicates the problem is worse among older veterans. Most veterans who commit suicide are over age 50.







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serious wrote:
I wish the report would go deeper. I am vet--well over 50 and I wonder if some of the suicides are health related, i.e. a terminal illness??
on February 1,2013 | 06:15AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
You should Google the subject to find in depth reporting on this subject. We are talking about SA, right? If you were a Vietnam vet, you might have been subjected to Agent Orange or some other chemical. The topic of veteran suicides has been up front lately and I'd like to know what Eric Shinseki is doing to curtail this. Our veterans need more help.l
on February 1,2013 | 06:33AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Here's a good article on the same topic that puts our SA to shame: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/va-study-finds-more-veterans-committing-suicide/2013/01/31/1092b330-5a68-11e2-9fa9-5fbdc9530eb9_story.html
on February 1,2013 | 07:47AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Interesting. What is the statistics for age groups in and out of the military? Please don't ask me to Google it!
on February 1,2013 | 07:13AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
That's my question, and some terrible reporting by the SA.
on February 1,2013 | 07:43AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Here's a good article on the same topic that puts our SA to shame:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/va-study-finds-more-veterans-committing-suicide/2013/01/31/1092b330-5a68-11e2-9fa9-5fbdc9530eb9_story.html
on February 1,2013 | 07:47AM
kennysmith wrote:
they don't want to help us much. i kenny smith i am a vietnam veteran i don't get much help from the va to.
on February 1,2013 | 09:12AM
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