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At least 24 suicides have occurred on VA campuses in the last 18 months, the most recent two weeks ago when a veteran shot himself in front of a crowd in the lobby of a Texas VA outpatient clinic. That came less than a week after two other veterans died by suicide at separate VA locations in Georgia.
“We’re struggling to find any single trend with that group,” said Dr. Keita Franklin, national director of suicide prevention at VA. “Compared to the overall (number of veteran suicides), that number is small … But we’re very concerned about anything that happens on our campuses.” https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2019/04/25/recent-series-of-campus-suicides-raise-complicated-questions-for-va/
Excerpt- A 2018 update of the VA data found that the average number of veteran suicides per day had remained “unchanged at 20.”
We checked with Robert Bossarte, the director of Injury Control Research at West Virginia University who helped author the VA’s 2016 report. He told PolitiFact West Virginia that he considers the 20-a-day figure to be accurate. https://www.politifact.com/west-virginia/statements/2019/apr/24/joe-manchin/do-more-20-veterans-die-suicide-every-day/
Excerpt- High rates of homelessness, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress and a military culture that can be resistant to seeking help are all aggravating factors for veterans, whose rates of suicide have been the subject of numerous hearings on Capitol Hill.
“We are not even at the Sputnik stage of understanding problems with mental health,” said Robert Wilkie, the secretary of veterans affairs. “I have said this is the No. 1 clinical priority that is made manifest by the president putting V.A. as the lead for this national task force.”
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