18 lives a day
Original post made by Wayne, Dublin, on Apr 23, 2010
Why do we only act like we love our soldiers when they fight? Our greatest failure as a nation is how we foster our own ignorance.
18 veterans commit suicide each day
By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Apr 23, 2010 11:09:22 EDT
Troubling new data show there are an average of 950 suicide attempts each month by veterans who are receiving some type of treatment from the Veterans Affairs Department.
Seven percent of the attempts are successful, and 11 percent of those who don't succeed on the first attempt try again within nine months.
The numbers, which come at a time when VA is strengthening its suicide prevention programs, show about 18 veteran suicides a day, about five by veterans who are receiving VA care.