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United States military veteran suicides: Suicides on Veterans Affairs properties sound the alarm on veteran care - CBS News

United States military veteran suicides: Suicides on Veterans Affairs properties sound the alarm on veteran care - CBS News | Veterans Affairs and Veterans News from HadIt.com | Scoop.it

Some 6,000 veterans kill themselves every year. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, whose department serves 9.5 million people, said in the last year, they have had 240 interventions where they stopped veterans from taking their lives. Since October, the VA has screened 900,000 veterans for mental health issues.

"Of that 900,000 we culled it down to 3,000. Three thousands veterans our medical professionals say might be at risk and we are monitoring them as closely as we can," Wilkie said. "That means calls, that means visits — bringing them into our centers."  

In Miller's case, antidepressants came in the mail from the VA two days after he died. "The worst part of his funeral was that they didn't have a live trumpet player. There was no one there to play for him," Harrington said.

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