Veterans are more at risk than the general public to commit suicide, making up roughly 9 percent of the overall population but 18 percent of suicides. The Veteran Affairs Department reported in 2014 that an average of 20 veterans committed suicide every day. Combatting this is a top priority for the agency.
“This is a national public health crisis, and it requires solutions that not only VA will work on but all of government and other partnerships in the private sector, nonprofit organizations,” Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said earlier this year.
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