31 Jul '13, 2am

Some scary numbers: #Veterans group survey shows alarming suicide statistics. @LeoShane

Suicide prevention and intervention are everyone's responsibility. Photo illustration by Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force WASHINGTON — Almost one-third of young veterans have thought about suicide and nearly half know a fellow veteran who has tried to kill themselves, according to a new survey of one veterans group. The figures, from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America annual membership report, underscore the breadth of the mental health problems facing a generation of returning combat troops, and the continued challenge for military and veterans leaders in the fight against suicide. The 4,000-plus member survey is not statistically representative of the entire post-9/11 veterans population, but does show that suicide continues to be a point of concern within the community. Almost two-thirds of the IAVA members surveyed said they had a veteran friend who should seek ment...

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