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Veteran suicides draw new attention after deaths outside VA facilities »

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Veteran suicide is an acute crisis wrapped in a national crisis. Between 2005 and 2016, suicide rates in the general population climbed 21%. For veterans, already taking their lives at twice the U.S. rate, it climbed 26%. More than 6,000 veterans are dying by their own hands each year – nearly 20 a day.

The latest deaths renew questions about whether the VA, criticized and investigated for failing to provide timely or sufficient help to veterans, is doing enough to solve the problem. That is despite making suicide prevention a high priority in recent years.

Theresa "Tbird" Aldrich's insight:

 I was suicidal many years ago, the VA had changed my antidepressants, they had started me on a low dose and it was suppose to be increased over time, but someone dropped the ball and I ended up in a very bad place. I called my sister to take me to the ER […]

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