A two-year national study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs found that 280 out of some 2,000 veterans reported suicidal thinking. At more than triple the rate for the general public, the authors hope to highlight ways to address the issue. The first wave of the study was conducted in 2011, with a second following in 2013. The research was led by Dr. Robert Pietrzak of the Clinical Neuroscience Division of the VA’s National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Veterans were contacted twice and asked if they had “experienced suicidal thoughts in the past two weeks,” among other questions. Since this is a study produced by Veterans lack of Affairs you should probably double this percentage. This percentage would probably be true or even lower if the Veterans Affairs actually took care of our vets. The percentage of homeless on American streets that our veterans should probably only equal that of veterans who think about suicide. This number lays solely on the VA hospital system, for veterans usually have to wait months or years to even get evaluated for the problems they have. Would have to say that 50 percent of veterans who check into the VA for health and physiological issues most of the time get turned away or just give up seeking help. The lack of care from one of the benefits we were all promised when we sign up, is simply the reason for the suicide problem vets face.
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