21 Jun '12, 2am

DOD, VA Partner to Help Prevent #Suicide. via @DeptofDefense cc: @800273TALK

DOD, VA Partner to Help Prevent Suicide By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, June 20, 2012 – Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said his agency is working with the Defense Department to end veteran homelessness and to identify possible contributors to service member and veteran suicide. On the first day of the June 20-22 Annual DOD/VA Suicide Prevention Conference here, Shinseki -- a retired Army general, former Army chief of staff and a combat-wounded Vietnam veteran -- took the stage to a standing ovation from hundreds of mental health professionals, clinicians and military leaders. “Suicide is a national concern. The Centers for Disease Control’s annual report on the top 10 leading causes of death … lists suicide as one of the top four causes of death in Americans ages 10 to 54,” Shinseki said. Suicide is the second-highest cause of deat...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=116833

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