Veterans Suicide Rate Rises

    People listen as US Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki delivers remarks at a DOD/VA sponsored conference on suicide prevention on January 11, 2010 at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, DC.   AFP PHOTO / Tim Sloan (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)


    An estimated 22 vets in the U.S. kill themselves every day, according to a two-year study by a VA researcher. That's a rise of 20 percent since 2007. The numbers reiterate a concern that freshman Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly recently voiced at Chuck Hagel’s confirmation hearing: “In 2012, we lost more veterans to suicide than military combat." Sen. Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, called the suicide level “unacceptable,” and an “extraordinary tragedy which speaks to ... the need for us to do a much better job assisting our soldiers and their families as they return home.”

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