In looking closely at a practical scenario picturing a veteran at-risk for attempted suicide, one may clearly detect the serious flaws in the DVA/VHA programming that is currently being represented to the American public by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as an effective use of the approximate $1.3 billion that have been appropriated to fund VA Suicide Prevention, since around 2012.
September is Suicide Prevention Month. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and I strongly urge veterans and their family members to learn more about suicide prevention, drug overdose, and substance abuse treatment. Suicide prevention takes a village.
The VA, other veteran and military stakeholders are desperately trying to raise awareness about the dangers of overdosing and encourage veterans to get help:
The suicide rate among service members is an epidemic. Leon Panetta, the former Secretary of Defense agreed six years ago. Unfortunately, data regarding the veteran suicide rate is incomplete. For example, veterans who commit “suicide by cop” are not included in the tally. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made an appeal for more uniform reporting of suicide data.