Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Suicide among veterans

Shocking is an understatement in my opinion:

Some of America's 25 million veterans face their biggest fight when they return home from the battlefield -- when they take on mental illness.

A recent Veteran Affairs Department estimate says some 5,000 ex-servicemen and women will commit suicide this year…

The five-month CBS News probe, based upon a detailed analysis of data obtained from death records from 2004 and 2005, found that veterans were more than twice as likely to commit suicide in 2005 as non-vets.

Suicide is pervasive and preventative measures need to be very broad based. De-stigmatize, make help available, and support. A long-term, multifaceted project.

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